It seems that Kardinal Offishall saw Drake's talents in hip-hop before YMCMB even got ahold of the now mega-star. In a recent interview with MTV he revealed that he even tried to persuade Akon to sign Drake.
"The biggest one that he passed on, I told him about Drake early. I said, 'Kon, this kid is a T.V. star... and this kid is crazy.'"
Kardinal Offishall also revealed that he met Drake before he'd even started on his first mixtape.
"I had met him years before he started with his first mixtape. The thing that's dope about Drake is that I remember, like he was just hungry because he wanted to make that transition from the acting to the rapping."
Kardinal had to rub the fact that he passed on Drake in Akon's face, but he's happy that Drake found a good home with YMCMB.
"After he blew [with So Far Gone], I went back and said, 'See Kon, I told you,'" said Kardinal. "But it's one of those things that worked out beautifully for Drake with YMCMB. He's got a good camp."