How DJ Khaled missed out on signing Drake
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How DJ Khaled missed out on signing Drake

DJ Khaled first appeared in hip-hop as part of the Bronx-based hip-hop collective, the Terror Squad. Founded by Fat Joe, Khaled spent most of his time in the background. However, in the past decade, he has made himself a multi-millionaire and prominent producer.

With tracks such as ‘Wild Thoughts’ featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller and ‘No Brainer’ featuring Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper and Quavo, DJ Khaled has produced multi-platinum hits from his Miami studio.

However, in the mid-2000s, when he wasn’t rolling so high, the Bronx DJ missed out on an incredible opportunity to sign Drake, all because he wasn’t paying attention to his inbox.

During an appearance on the Club Shay Shay podcast with Shannon Sharpe, Khaled explained that years ago, before he was discovered by Lil Wayne, Drake DM’d him on MySpace, but the DJ and producer had no idea it even happened as he wasn’t checking his inbox.

Recalling a story, Khaled unveiled that the Canadian superstar once told him that in 2007, he tried to contact him online, stating, “Drake told me a long time ago that he used to hit me on MySpace, and I didn’t know how to work that MySpace stuff.”

He continued, “I say to myself, oh my God, if I had an opportunity to sign a Drake or work with Drake before Drake was Drake!” However, although he regrets not paying attention to his MySpace inbox, Khaled found comfort in knowing that the God’s Plan emcee was a fan.  

Expressing the happiness he has in knowing Drake was a fan, Khaled exclaimed, “It just shows you that he had love for me as a producer, a DJ, and as an artist! The music I was making, he had love for me. And that’s so dope because that’s one of the biggest artists in the world. Just to know that before he exploded, he was listening to DJ Khaled too.”

Although akin to Drake, Khaled is now a multi-millionaire, later in his conversation with Sharpe, he unveiled that he doesn’t believe in financial advisors or wealth managers, stating, “I don’t believe in no accountant, I don’t believe in — what’s the thing they call — money manager. I pay the grass, the car washman, the guy that’s cut my hair, the electric bill, the car note, the mortgage.”

He concluded, “No disrespect to all you beautiful business managers out there — I don’t want to mess up your hustle — but I’ve heard a lot of crazy stories, okay?! There’s no way in the world I’m letting somebody have the power to touch the hard work. No way.”

You can listen to Khaled’s appearance on Club Shay Shay below.