Drake has become the man when it comes to take regional sounds and taking them global. Throughout his career he’s vibe hopped from coast to coast, country to country often spotlighting some of the best in that area while borrowing from their sound.
In the early 2010’s he dropped “The Motto”, a bay area inspired banger featuring Tyga and Lil Wayne. It was a bonus track off his second album “Take Care” then went on to be one of its stand outs thanks to them coining the phrase “YOLO (you only live once)”.
Despite the video featuring cameos from Bay Area legend e-40, the rapper never official got a verse on the song.
Another Bay Area great who was hoping to get his moment with Drake was Too Short. The 90’s rap vet says he was working on a collaboration with the Toronto legend but communication quickly went cold after Drake’s historic Billboard award sweep in 2017.
Speaking with E-40, he recalled “I was really focused on being on that Drake vibe, and I was just about to do a song with Drake,” Too Short revealed. “I feel like it might have happened, and then he got the 13 Billboard Awards, and nobody answered the phone anymore. I was like, ‘F***.’ I ain’t call too many times. I just fell back like, ‘Damn. I missed the window.'”
40 still feels like a collab could happened, and championed Drake for taking hot records and given them his co-sign no matter who the artist it.
“You know what it is? Short, let me tell you something. If Drake was out when ‘Blow the Whistle’ first came out going crazy or ‘Tell Me When to Go,’ he would have been on the records.” E-40 said. “We had a relationship with him. We was cool. We would have been like, we send this over, he would have got on it right away because he get on hot s***. He get on n****’s s*** that’s hot. You know what I’m saying? We catch one, I’m sure he’d get on that. Drake roll with me. I f*** with Drake.”