News: Drake Apologizes To Motown Prez, "I Still Feel Strongly About It" [Video]
Thursday, Aug 13, 2009 11:55PM
Young Money's Drake has apologized to Universal Motown President Sylvia Rhone after recently calling out her company in a recent interview.
In addition to the apology, Drizzy also explained what sparked his "I don't f*ck with Motown" remark which made headlines last week.
"I can definitely say for me, for furthering the negativity, I can definitely say I apologize," Drake said in an interview. "I don't know her personally to discredit her character. It's not the right thing to do...It was basically [me] feeling trapped. I was courted by somebody and then they just axed everything. I was stuck. They disappeared. And I couldn't find anybody to talk to about the situation. And then to meet again a year later and to have this person forget they ever met me and say that I should go meet at their office so we can talk about signing me. I was kind of in one of those moments like, for real? [But] everybody has those moments where things aren't gonna go perfect...I was looking for an opportunity recently to apologize for how vicious I've been...Not to say I negate my feelings -- I still feel strongly about it. But I'm a person that usually handles things with much more tact." (MTV)
Drizzy hinted at his Motown concerns in the new issue of The Fader Magazine.
"I went through Universal Republic because I don't f*ck with Motown," he explained to the magazine. "At all." Drake has spoken out about his personal beef with Sylvia Rhone the president of Motown Records and the executive vice president of Universal Records -- the parent label to mentor Lil Wayne's Young Money imprint - on record before. On 'Say What's Real,' a track from his critically-acclaimed mixtape So Far Gone he spit: "I've always been something that these labels can't buy/especially if they trying to take a piece of my soul/and Sylvia be telling Tez/D*mn, Drake fly/and he just be like, 'silly motherf*cka I know'" (The Fader)
Despite signing directly through his management, the rapper is reportedly being forced to accept distribution of his upcoming Thank Me Later album through Motown.
Reps at Motown are requesting all Drake Billboard chart entries be credited to Motown and not Republic moving forward -- a change that will be reflected in this week's charts. A source close to Drake says the rapper is signed to Republic, but that Motown will distribute the album, alleging that Motown -- specifically Rhone -- wants to take "credit for anything involving Drake." But a source at Universal says it seems as if Drake's deal with Republic was never finalized before Drake and his camp started confirming it to the media, and that the move to Motown was made last minute. Motown may get first dibs on any artist signed to Young Money and Cash Money regardless of the artist's preference. (Billboard)
While an exact release date has not yet been announced, Drake previously said fans could expect his debut to land in stores next February.
"I'm about two songs in," he said about the album's progress last month. "I really haven't even started. The tour is really throwing me off, so I probably won't start really working on it until September. It will probably come out Valentine's Day next year." (The Boom Box)
Check out Drake's apology below: