“He definitely ran across my desk,” Jones said in a recent interview, according to Complex. “I got a call from [music executive] Alan Grunblatt, I think I was on tour, and Alan was like, ‘I got this guy named Drizzy, uh, he’s an actor, he’s on ‘Degrassi.’ I’m like, ‘Who the f**k is Drizzy on ‘Degrassi’?’ He let me hear him rapping, like this boy could rap his ass off.”
However, Jones said he was unsure how the hip-hop community would perceive Drizzy, who was then best known for his role as Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian teen drama series “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”
“Then I looked at him, I’m like, ‘Boy, what do you mean? What am I going to do with boy?’” recalled Jones. “He’s an actor, he’s in a wheelchair on like, uh, what is it, Disney Channel?’ I’m like, ‘Boy, I don’t know how to make this work out.’”
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Ones credits Lil Wayne for having the ability to see His superstar potential and gave props to Drizzy as a lyricist, even though he thought he didn’t look the part.
“Once again, I just wasn’t seeing past what I seen in front of me and shit like that,” Jones admitted. “Weezy was smart enough to do so, and I remember being on another tour in the back of the bus and hearing Weezy and he rapping, and Drizzy saying something about Princess Diana and it’s going crazy. I’m like ‘Wow, life is crazy. This ni**a is dead nasty, f**k what he look like.’”