In a new interview with DJ Vlad, Akon revealed some stories about how he passed on signing Drake to his label, Konvict Muzik, when the artist was still looking for a record company.

According to Akon, Drake sounded too much like Eminem at the time. “That’s every artists’ development. You can see the difference between that demo and Best I Ever Had,” said Akon. He went on to explain that it was actually Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall who brought Drake’s demo to Akon. But by the time Drake evolved his style with the song “Best I Ever Had,” a bidding war for the artist ensued — Drake’s price had skyrocketed and Akon could no longer afford the deal. “That’s when Kardi was like ‘I told you this n***a was going to be the sh*t!’,” noted Akon, quoting Offishall. “Out of all the artists today, to me, [Drake] is worth every single f*cking penny… It’s revolutionary what he’s done.”

Scroll above to watch DJ Vlad and Akon’s full interview.

In case you missed it, Akon has announced a $6 billion USD construction contract for Akon City in Senegal.

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