"They had to sell Drizzy on me," Tunechi told Wild Wayne on Q93. "I had to hear Drizzy way more than I needed to hear Nicki. I heard Drizzy, I was like, I don't know. What is this? And truthfully when I seen him, I was really like, I don't know. I'm not sure. What I mean by that is the music was so honest -- we as listeners, we weren't used to that yet."
He went on to explain how important persona has historically been in hip-hop, and how "we've never heard rap be honest like that."
The honesty didn't push him over the edge, cementing his belief in Aubrey, though. That was something else.
"The moment I heard him sing, the moment I heard a song with him singing, I was like, So who's that on this part?" he added. "I'm listening to the song, I'm asking the dude, who's that on this part? That person can really sing. And they was like, That's him, too. I was like, That's the guy that's rapping? They was like, Yeah. I was like, OK, print him up a contract, let's go."
That's a similar tale (not surprisingly) to the one told by Jas Prince about that same situation. Prince, the son of Rap-A-Lot founder J. Prince, helped bring Drake to Wayne.
"I put on 'Replacement Girl' and look over and see that he's bopping his head, and I'm like OK!" Prince told The FADER earlier this year. "So I put on another song -- an 'A Milli' remix Drake did. Wayne was like, 'Who's this?' I was like, 'Oh, this n---a Drake that you told me you didn't like.'"
Soon, that changed.
"I played Wayne another song, called 'Brand New,' and I'm like, 'He sings, too.' Wayne is like, 'Hold up, man, this dude is really f--king dope.' He's like, 'Where is he at?' I told him in Canada, and Wayne was like, 'Let's fly him here right now.'"
The rest, as they say, is history.