Drake Says He "Dropped The Ball" On Phonte Collaboration

Drizzy opens up about what happened to his and Phonte's rumored collab and takes the blame for it not happening.

This past August, Little Brother alum Phonte aired out his grievances with The Source over Drake snubbing him a promised guest verse on a record that was likely slated for Tay and producer/fellow Little Brother architect 9th Wonder's Charity Starts At Home. Now, in a recent interview with the Village Voice, Drizzy opens up about what happened to the long-awaited reunion between him and his favorite rapper.

Drake took 100% of the blame for dropping the ball on their collaboration. He explained that he was trying to find the right sound for his own recently leaked sophomore LP Take Care, and that the record ultimately fell through the cracks. Drake did say that while the collaboration didn't happen this time around, he's already been in talks with 9th Wonder about making it happen in the future.

"With me and [Phonte], I kinda dropped the ball on a feature he needed me to do, just being 100% honest," he explained. "I really wanted to do a record with him, and we actually did do a record for my album, and then something happened with the producer and the beat, and it started getting funny so I had to scrap the record. And then he was like, 'Well, can you do this feature for me,' and at the time I was trying to find my sound and trying to figure out what this album was going to be about, and I kind of let it slip through the cracks. That was my fault, and I do apologize to Phonte for that. But I still want to make it happen; I talked to 9th Wonder about trying to make it happen, we'll get it eventually. He knows he's one of the biggest influences on my career."

Check out the rest of the interview to hear about Drake's love of Internet rap battles and how he and Nelly bet $500,000 on a recent Smack/URL TV battle.

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33 Comments

  • Zilla

    Dawg, Drake has a gag order!! He was told that doing that backpack shit, won't sell!! And he even admitted doing songs with 9th Wonder, and that he wanted to release them, but was told by the powers to be ( Birdman and Wayne ) that he kould not bring them out!! When Dranke was unknown, The Phonte's, and DJ Premere's are the ones who gave him a chance!!! And he didn't say Phonte was his favorite rapper for nothing. Some of you need to do some backround checks on your favorite rappers b4 you talk!!!

  • Plus Likes

    Nah nelly isn't broke, juts get your info straight.

  • Drake Fan

    Nah nelly isn't broke, juts get your info straight.

  • Anonymous

    As anti-corporate music Phonte's been, I'm kinda curious why he's sweating to work with Drake of all artists. I mean, Drake does his thing, but c'mon son, there are other official prestigious lyricists I would want to work with if I was in his position.

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  • Certainly news

    DRAKES BALLS HAVE DROPPED???

  • The Ooh Child

    Drake dropped the cutest album of the year. That joint is on every 14 year old girls Christmas list

  • Anonymous

    Drake didn't do the song because wayne told him "That backpack shit don't sell no more". And that's rumored to come straight from Drake. If that's true it's pretty lame on Drakes behalf. This explanation he gives here doesn't make any sense.

  • Anonymous

    drake is faggot! what what in the butt

  • Rodney Jermaine Scotton

    Drake is Fake! He had time to do joints with Nikki, Wayne, Rick, etc. He fears what Phonte would do on a track with him not being able to shine like he does. Hell Jay-Z even let Kanye do BIG BROTHER. #NCHIPHOP Stand Up

    • Anonymous

      Die slow hater!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nick

    i seen a couple comments on here and it kinda bothers me. most of u don't even know who Phonte is. drake claims its his favorite rapper, and dedicates his BMI award to him yet he don't ever make anything real come of it. even Te addressed it and said well if u like me so much lets chop it up.

  • cwil

    hip hop dx is now drake central

  • Anonymous

    And what happened to Drake & Nickelus F collabos? According to Drake, this is the dude that inspired him to rap. And before he got signed he did a number of collabos with him. Now he has dumped him.

    • Anonymous

      he never dumped Nickelus F. Nick is a grown as man. He doesnt want to look like hes tryin to leech off of drakes success.

  • PRINCE JAY

    FIRST DRAKE DONT SHOW UP FOR FUTURES VIDEO AND NOW HE SNUBS PHONTE...THIS NIGGA IS AROGANT AND SELFISH....BACK WHEN HE WAS HUNGRY HE WOULD RAP ON ANYBODY SHYT NOW THAT HES HOT...NIGGAZ ACT FUNNY

  • mike j.

    check us out on youtube just type in BLACKLAWREBELMUSIC give us feedback hip hop community. Drake iz a stand up dude fa dis salute to him!!!!

  • Anonymous

    i respect this. Break this shit down to its most basic form. One man took full responsibility and admitted he was wrong. You aint gotta like his music but as a man, i dont see how this is gonna get hate.(obviously it will cus hhdx is 90% hate.)

  • YESSIR

    WHAT UP PEOPLE. DRAKE A RELA NIGGA U SEE HE ADMIT WHEN HE WRONG. THATS WHY HE SHOW SO MUCH EMOTION ON HIS TRACKS. HE NOT TRYING TO FAKE IT. BUT IT U TEST HIM HE GOT GOONS ON DECK. SKI MASK AND ALL. WE KILLING EVERYTHING ON SITE FOR DRAKE. AND NELLY BETTER COME OFF THAT BREAD REAL RAP. HOLLOW DA DON BEAT HITMAN HOLLA SO BAD. HITMAN I THOUGHT U WAS A BLOOD DOGGY. BUT I TALKED TO WAYNE AND BIRDAMN REAL BLOODS AND THEY SET HITMAN HOLLA IS FAKE SET CLAIMING. BUT BACK TO DRAKE HE THE BEST RIGHT NOW BUY HIS ALBUM NOV 15 UNTIL THEN ......TAKE CARE

  • Anonymous

    Search on youtube for...Drake - Take Care (Comprehensive Album Review)

  • Anonymous

    IT WAS 50K, NOT 500K!!!!!!!! WORST HIP HOP SITE ON THE NET

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