Drake Involved In “One Of The Biggest Bidding Wars Ever,” Allegedly Offered $2 Mil

Toronto MC Drake, arguably the most talked about up-and-coming artist since Kanye West and 50 Cent, is involved in a serious bidding war between at least three major labels according to Billboard.

As XXLMag.com reported last month, Drake is close to signing a deal, but has yet to sign on the dotted line. Billboard has learned that Drizzy will most likely go to Universal, due to the label’s relationship with his crew Young Money. At the same time, this has not deterred other labels from baiting the So Far Gone rapper, whose mixtape single “Best I Ever Had” is receiving serious radio airplay. In fact sources tell Billboard that three majors are in possibly “one of the biggest bidding wars ever.” It is rumored that an undisclosed company has offered Drizzy $2 million to join their ranks.

In addition, Warner Music Group CEO Lyor Cohen and Chief Operating Officer Julie Greenwald made a notable appearance at Drake’s New York City concert last week, showing Atlantic’s interest in the former Degrassi actor.

Rumors hit the net last month that Drake had already signed to Universal. At the time his manager Gee Roberson of Hip-Hop Since 1978, whose clients include Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy and Just Blaze, denied the claims. “Drake isn’t signed to Universal Motown,” Roberson told XXL. “He’s currently in the final negotiations of his deal.”

Stay tuned to XXL as the bidding war plays out. – Elan Mancini

  • Pierzy

    “Allegedly” is the operative word here…

    • http://www.tagged.com/hardinlex7 mark

      yeah drizzy do yo thang son its time for new talent and i think youre the one to help promote it so keep it going and also grab up that 2 mill and break it off

  • ROCKST*R

    Props to Drake….good music wins out @ endof day…obviously!

  • $ykotic

    Pierzy!

    • $ykotic

      Sorry brah. You’re here already.

      • Pierzy

        No worries, my dude. No such thing as bad publicity!

  • Mutada al sader the king

    Wow !! Thats great. Glad to see all this attention go to him instead of AsherEM. 2 Million !! Thats crazy, let the hate begin !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Drew Taylor

    The mean streets of Toronto Canada!

    • http://www.myspace.com/maxprofit Max Profit

      lol!!!
      All jokes aside it’s good to see the hometown kid doin his thing.

      • Capo Status

        wat do u mean lol!!! ru from Toronto? serious question max..cuz the Toronto im from is no jokes homie…
        ShoreShot!!!
        FourOneSix Stand UP!!!
        Drizzy is killing em forealz

    • scott Langejan

      its always so funny seeing ignorant comments from americans who have never been to canada…DREW TAYLOR you are a fuckin idiot ..you’d probably get shot in Toronto….ignorant dumbass….fuck you and your american ego…canada is the best country in the world…where’s your album?

  • http://www.twitter.com/steady314 STeaDY

    He in a great position…..specially when they are sayin great label deal days are gone

  • $ykotic

    Dear XXL staff;

    There is a such thing as OVER promoting an artist or product.

    Haven’t even heard enough music from this dude and I’m starting to tire from seeing “Drake/Drizzy” every other post.

    Ya’ll are gonna have me on some Pierzy-ish drops(Ash Roth) for this dude. Spread his press around or something.

    Thank you,
    $ykotic

    • Pierzy

      Word. There’s only so much we can take…

  • Enlightened

    This is some real life 1984 Orson Welles shit. From what I heard from him, dude is cool or whatever. But it’s amazing how they can manipulate what people like and actually tell you who’s supposed to be hot and people just follow that shit.

    Around the time 50 came out, niggas like Drake and Kid Cudi would have been laughed at – because of what “they” decide is hot.
    Now they say, it’s cool to be “nerdy” or a hipster and you have a nigga who came from a children’s show as the so-called next big thing.

    I don’t give a fuck if Keenan and Kel could rhyme like Method Man and Redman, them niggas would have never been taken seriously if they had tried to rhyme.

    Let’s not forget, Jay-Z and everybody on the Roc DID LAUGH AT KANYE, like get the fuck outta here with that shit. It was only because Dame insisted that they let him drop.

    The industry is a joke.

    • yoprince

      ummm.. shit changes

      • yoprince

        hell… now Jay-Z wears nerd frames… and 50 takes walks in the park with bette midler.

        • Enlightened

          My point is…there was nerds back then and there are still gangsters now. My problem is them trying to dictate which one gets a deal at a given time.
          Do you know how many niggas have had skills for years with this so-called “hipster” image. The Hieroglyphics crew out of the Bay has sold over a million units independently (collectively) but nobody ever chose them and said, we’re going to talk about you on XXL website everyday until people think you’re hot.

    • Mercenary

      YO Enlightened

      That’s the realist shit any one has ever wrote!

      And it’s good to know that there still are true hip hop fans out there not caught up in all this mainstream bullshit goin on…

      Jim jones,em,asher,fake..i mean drake,etc.

    • fredp

      Hater!

  • Azhar

    Co-sign $ykotic I personally don’t get the hype surrounding this dude, but maybe its just me… I never hate, so i hope he blow (no homo) but damn i’m tired of him already!

  • DJLickMuhBallz

    I agree with sycotic ad enlightened. this drake character hasn’t made enough material from what i know for me to get hyped about. im glad lil homie is doing good and i will support him by maybe checking out a show or maybe copping the single. but i havent heard enough from ol boy. he’s gotta prove himself before i go and spend my hard earned cash on what THEY say is hot versus my actual opinion on what it really is. but not to type a lot of shit, but imma leave yall with these words from the great KRS “If a dope lyrical flow is a must
    You gots to go with a name you can quickly trust
    I’m not sayin I’m number one, uhh I’m sorry, I lied
    I’m number one, two, three, four and five
    Stop wastin your money on marketing schemes
    and pretty packages pushin dreams to the beams
    A dope MC is a dope MC
    With or witout a record deal, all can see…”-step into a world

  • DJLickMuhBallz

    I’m co-signing azhar, sycotic and enlightened! I had written some shit early but it didnt get posted ’cause it was prolly too long, oh well. y’all said what i wanted to say anyways, but i wanna throw this in the mix from the great KRS “If a dope lyrical flow is a must
    You gots to go with a name you can quickly trust
    I’m not sayin I’m number one, uhh I’m sorry, I lied
    I’m number one, two, three, four and five
    Stop wastin your money on marketing schemes
    and pretty packages pushin dreams to the beams
    A dope MC is a dope MC
    With or witout a record deal, all can see…”-step into a world

  • Phil

    Ignorant women got this dude signed. POP music is winning here.

  • ROFF

    He is a dope rapper

  • $ykotic

    Got ‘em both homie.

  • ROFFE

    xxl love to over hype shit…Drake

  • http://myspace.com/federalranga Federal Ranga

    Damn, XXL… Ya’ll being super hugatory on the utsnay of akeDray (what you know about Piglatin?)

    Anyways… if his first project flops, will ya’ll abandon the nigga like ya’ll did Asher?

    • Phil

      Oh hell yes they all gonna drop him like a bad habit if he doesn’t deliver the most sugar-coated, R&B’d, accessible, pre-packaged ear candy for these ignoramuses. That’s going to be the best part!

  • Teddy

    ” we know you got it to give and we tryin to collect…IT!”

    “always figured id know how to make these label heads offer him good figures”

  • Epinz

    Co-sign the homie syk!

  • Lil A

    Propz a $2 mil record deal allegedly? If it’s true that would be the highest contract for a rapper I think 50 one was a mil Papoose was 1.5 mil yea I’m right lol muthafuckin Drizzyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! ;)

  • AO de Cali

    Quit Hating. if you haven’t heard yet, LISTEN!!!

    “Best I ever Had”
    “Uptown”
    “Ignorant Shit”
    “Man of the Year”
    “Say whats Real”
    “Congratulations”
    “Sooner than Later”
    “Successful”
    “November 18th”
    “Stuntin” (Dedication 3)
    “i’m still fly” (Freestyle)
    “Ransom”
    “I Can Take Your Girl”

  • Craig

    he should go independant and show the world that u can make it on your own, major labels are useless nowadays

  • Braille

    this nigga has to feel good…(II)pause if necessary

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    damn, im tired of it. but, he is the most talked about, he make str8 songs though. long anticipated & long waited. on tha real though, Drake… bout to have PLENTY MONEY!!! OKAY!

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  • nobullsit

    stop the bullshit. he signed to atlantic weeks ago. and they’ve been taking beat submissions for him from 2 weeks ago.

  • nujerz

    Man this nigga is fucking garbage another wack Mainstream rapper getting dickrode.

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  • L

    2 millie?????? damn……i guess he loves the music…..me, i love the music too, but i love football more…..if i never had been shot, id rather play football…..they can get like 25 mil a yr, like albert

  • Tonedizzle

    Drake on Aftermath?!?!?

  • Nate

    He’s a good lyricist like Fabolous with the punchlines. I heard a mixtape of his this last week, and it was nice but I won’t buy a album from him if it’s full of Lil Wayne.

    I can see them marketing him the same way they did Fabolous. Nothing against Fabolous but I only liked some of his music.

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  • reggiejaxxx

    in a slight way, Drake is a bit refreshing to ppl who actually pay attn to wordplay. is he dope…kinda. is he one of the dopest….no. what it is is that he is new (sort of). all new artists get this treatment. what gives him an edge is that he is multitalented and that he is not from the usual coasts/regions… he’s from toronto…wish the same would have happened for Kardinal Offishal and Saukrates(check out Toronto’s hip hop history).

  • tasmoney

    All this hype and for what??? is this what the game has come to?? dude got a couple of “aiight’” tracks and all that but i co-sign enlightened on this one, i aint heard enough. and since hip-hop has gone digital, his shelf life may be extremely short.i guess the industry powers that be are doing everything to bring Tuesdays back…….

  • Beast McCoy

    I am currently in a bidding war between McDonalds, BK, and Wendy’s to rock the front counter. I will not disclose who I will be signing with but let me say I am leaning to the ones with the red hair [they promised me a signing bonus - something about a percentage of meals]. Watch out it’s gonna a hot summer and I can understand the dilemma Drake is going through.

    PS – CK for my mixtape Cheese or Without Cheese dropping at your nearest retailer.

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    LOL!!! damn bruh.^^^^

  • ANDRE

    HE SHOULD STAY INDEPENDENT..HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND HOW LEGENDARY THAT WOULD BE…TO GO GOLD IN THE FIRST WEEK AS A INDEPENDENT..CALL YOUR OWN SHOTS DUDE…FUCK THE LABELS..YOU HAVE THE MOST POWERFUL MANAGEMENT TEAM BEHIND YOU IN THE GAME…DONT JOIN THE TREND BEING SIGNED TO A LABEL LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE…ID RATHER BUY YOUR ALBUM ONLINE THAN IN BEST BUY…CDS ARE PLAYED OUT…I WILL NOT BUY HIS ALBUM IF HE SIGNS WITH A MAJOR..DONT SELL OUT

  • mdb

    am i the only one who thinks drakes music is average at best?

  • http://www.msn.com west philly’s finest

    This nigga Drake better than yall think

    Im the property of October, I aint drive here I got chauffered, bring me champagne, flutes, roset and some shots over, I think better when Im not sober, I smoke goodie no glaucoma, ima stock holder, private flights back home no stop over-Drake

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  • illp

    yea that nigga drake getting some good air play now i mean hip-hop ain’t dead and u dont really have to be from the hood where gun are fire every minute to have lyrics and even is lyrics ain’t about nothing gangster so it’s all good man do ur thing drake and dont late haters do nun to you fuck haters !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RiKaShaE

    If u wanna see Drake’s material listen to Lil Wayne cuz he been writin Waynes shit or Wayne is writin his shit…..Wayne/Weezy,Drake/Drizzy…i aint fooled(for proof listen to da “wayne copy cat skit” on Chopper City’s new mixtape)

  • http://xxlmag fuck that

    this nigga aint made enough material and if he wrote the shit thats on those mixtapes then he be better off just doing freestyles…

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  • dark vanilla

    Wow, what a joke.Mdb, I totally agree with you. His music is average at best.

    • Candy Cane

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  • rapperguy

    drake is decent.i think they puttin up all that money cuz he sings too.so its like he gonna succeed regardless.his lines cool atleast “some” type of lyrical ability will be restored on radio.but im with what dude said above me stay independent and do numbers because the politics gont get in the way as usual and the music turns to b.s.and then he a turn in to another “forgot about” rapper cuz of politics. i think he can come close to platinum or barely just make it platinum independtly.

  • http://www.myspace.com/steelfmonroe Steel Monroe

    Aight….I’ve been listening to Drake since early 08.he has more than enuff material out,but ya’ll obviously don’t know abou it.If u really wanna hear the transition from him starting out up til now,Look up “Room for Improvement” which is his first mixtape,or look up “Comeback Season”.Nuff said.

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  • Dee-Nyce

    Enlightened…cosign that!!! they have taken balance completely out the game..you use to could pick who you thought was hot…and it would be a few artist of different content..now they force feed you one “artist” who can keep your brain dumbed down on some superficial shit only…I lie some of drakes music,,but I dont listen to the radio so I am not a product of being brain washed…video girl is by far his best song..listen to it…and then listen to how he raps now..you can tell the machine has changed the kind of artist he has become…so far gone is a wack mixtape tho..

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  • Candy Cane

    Ummm, I have to side ith Mdb abd dark vanilla, by the way I love your name. You sound yummy to me! I could go for some real gym shorts!

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    I love my dark vanilla almost as much as my other sweet treats…ummm so good!

  • fredp613

    Yall PLAYER HATERZ

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  • http://ning.spruz.com blingking

    Glad to see all this attention go to him instead of AsherEM Spread his press around or something It was only because Dame insisted that they let him drop My problem is them trying to dictate which one gets a deal at a given time Glad to see all this attention go to him instead of AsherEM. Spread his press around or something. It was only because Dame insisted that they let him drop. My problem is them trying to dictate which one gets a deal at a given time. im glad lil homie is doing good and i will support him by maybe checking out a show or maybe copping the single. but i havent heard enough from ol boy. im glad lil homie is doing good and i will support him by maybe checking out a show or maybe copping the single but i havent heard enough from ol boy

  • http://ning.spruz.com blingking

    Spread his press around or something It was only because Dame insisted that they let him drop My problem is them trying to dictate which one gets a deal at a given time im glad lil homie is doing good and i will support him by maybe checking out a show or maybe copping the single Spread his press around or something. It was only because Dame insisted that they let him drop. My problem is them trying to dictate which one gets a deal at a given time. im glad lil homie is doing good and i will support him by maybe checking out a show or maybe copping the single. but i havent heard enough from ol boy. but i havent heard enough from ol boy

  • http://ning.spruz.com blingking

    It was only because Dame insisted that they let him drop My problem is them trying to dictate which one gets a deal at a given time im glad lil homie is doing good and i will support him by maybe checking out a show or maybe copping the single but i havent heard enough from ol boy It was only because Dame insisted that they let him drop. My problem is them trying to dictate which one gets a deal at a given time. im glad lil homie is doing good and i will support him by maybe checking out a show or maybe copping the single. but i havent heard enough from ol boy.

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