Kardinal Offishall may have a future as a music executive, as he caught on to fellow Toronto emcee Drake’s star power before anyone else did.

Specifically, Kardi revealed to MTV News that he recommended to Akon that he sign Drizzy.

“The biggest one that he passed on, I told him about Drake early,” he said of Akon, who has signed artists such as T-Pain and Lady Gaga. “I said, ‘Kon, this kid is a T.V. star… and this kid is crazy.'”

“I had met him years before he started with his first mixtape,” continued Offishall. “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.”

“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.”

Watch the interview below:

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