Kanye West Told J. Prince: "I'm A Family Man. I Don't Want This"
Legendary Rap-A-Lot founder J. Prince is on the road to promote his new memoir, The Art & Science of Respect and stopped by Hot 97's Ebro In The Morning for an interview. Naturally, the conversation turned to the current Drake and Pusha T beef.
J. Prince who has a long relationship with Drake says that it was actually Kanye West who wanted to end the beef before it even started. Prince also noted good relations between Rap-A-Lot and G.O.O.D. Music through fellow producer Mike Dean.
“This something Kanye didn’t want,” Prince said. “He called me. This is something he didn’t want. Before [he tweeted about it], he let me know, ‘I’m a family man. I don’t want this.’ So, with me, one of my guys named Mike Dean works with Kanye. With me analyzing the whole pie, I’m like, “Hey, why say these things that about to be said and destroy this man’s livelihood?”
Ebro then asked Prince if Drake had recorded a diss track with Lil Wayne.
“I can’t speak for the Lil Wayne song, but I do know Drake was moving forward by himself,” he said before acknowledging he never heard a Drake diss at all, just the “ingredients” of it.
J. Prince went on to detail his role in Drake's life as well as the backstory to how Prince's son Jas signed the Canadian rapper after discovering him on MySpace.
“Drake is like my adopted son,” he explained. “Of course, Jas Prince brought him into Houston, discovered him. My son was on tour with Lil Wayne, and I called him one day. And I’m like, ‘Hey, I don’t want you out there hanging on tour like you a fan and come home with no money. Tell Wayne you wanna start a record label. You got $1 million, you wanna start the record label, you need a partner. He called me back. Wayne was in agreement with that.”
He continued, “I said, ‘Who’s your first artist? He mentioned Drake. Said, ‘Lemme hear him.’ He played me some things. I wasn’t feeling it. I wasn’t feeling Drake in the beginning. I’m like, ‘Man, you like this?’ He like, ‘Daddy, this is the new sound.’ I’m like, ‘Where he from?’ He said, ‘Canada.’ I’m like, ‘Aw, Canada.’ So, I called some homies from Canada to check and see if the buzz was real ’cause my son used the word buzz. I taught him about a buzz in Rap-A-Lot marketing meetings since he was [a child]. So, he got my attention with that lingo. And true enough, it was a real buzz. I said, ‘Let’s bring him in.'”
Check out the full interview with Prince in the video at the top of this page