How Jim Jones Failed To Sign Drake Because He Was A Struggling Disney Actor

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(GEMS RADIO)– Jim Jones has revealed he passed on signing Drake because he was “in a wheelchair on the Disney channel.” Jones was speaking in a recent interview where he disclosed the time he failed to sign the rapper who went on to achieve massive success in Hip Hop.

Jones stated that he had no idea what to do with the rapper who had a history of being an actor.

“Drake definitely ran across my desk,” He said. “I got a call from Alan Grunblatt, I think I was on tour, and Alan was like, ‘I got this guy named Drake uh he’s an actor he’s on Degrassi.’ I’m like, ‘Who the fuck is Drake on Degrassi?’ He let me hear him rapping like this boy could rap his ass off.”

The Harlem native continued, “Then I looked at him I’m like, ‘Boy what do you mean? What am I going to do with boy? He’s an actor, he’s in a wheelchair on the Disney Channel.’ I’m like, ‘Boy, I don’t know how to make this work out.”

Only Wayne Believed In Drake

Reportedly, Drake was looking for a record label that would help bring out his Toronto sound. Many producers passed on that, including Jim Jones. Lil Wayne would go on to sign the future star, who has since become a household name.

“Once again, I just wasn’t seeing past what I seen in front of me and shit like that,” He continued. “Weezy was smart enough to do so, and I remember being on another tour in the back of the bus and hearing Weezy and Drake rapping and Drake saying something about Princess Diana and it’s going crazy. I’m like ‘Wow, life is crazy. This n-gga is dead nasty, fuck what he look like.”

He Passed On J.Cole As Well

Jim Jones didn’t learn from that. A young Jermaine also visited him in his office, and he passed on him again because he sounded like who? You guessed that right. Drake. The young rapper went on to have six straight platinum albums.


Written by: Jessica Sommerfield

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