Though only ten of some 3,000 words, one particular sentence in The Fader magazine’s recent Drake cover story is already sparking controversy, but not where most would assume. When questioned about his current label situation, Drake’s clarification that he “don’t fuck with Motown, at all,” has been raising eyebrows, as well as some curtains on windows in the Universal offices.
Billboard is now reporting that unbeknownst to Young Money’s most promising acquisition, his album will indeed be releasing through Motown. Yet with a rumored trillion dollar bidding war for his music, one would wonder why it even matters who’s logo is on the back of the
CD iTunes album credit? Apparently, it’s personal.
While The Fader story alludes to Motown president Sylvia Rhone threatening some kind of legal action, sources at the label also told Billboard that bad blood has been brewing for a couple years now, stemming from a meeting Drake had with Rhone when he was still flying under the radar.
Drake, however, has made it very clear that his signing with Universal subsidiary Young Money was a very deliberate display of loyalty for frequent collaborator and kind-of mentor, Lil Wayne. And while Drake’s official album, Thank Me Later, is slated for release before year’s end, his labeless So Far Gone mixtape is doing so far great, already charting three singles on the Billboard charts, including “November 18th,” “I’m Going In” and the breakout hit, “Best I Ever Had.”