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Jim Jones On Not Signing Drake: He’s An Actor “In A Wheelchair” On “Disney”

LEGENDS & ICONS OF HIP HOP - Post By Kevin Douglas


Jim Jones admits to not being able to see Drake as a credible rapper when he was “Wheelchair Jimmy” on the television series Degrassi.

Drake is one of the most successful artists in the world and has been topping charts for over a decade. His dominance in music didn’t seem likely to many people who knew him from his days as a child actor. Degrassi: The Next Generation  was the first glance people got of the Canadian rapper. He was known as Jimmy Brooks, a role that earned him the nickname Wheelchair Jimmy.
His ambition to be an entertainer surpassed just the world of acting, as he would work his way through the ranks of hip hop. Some people just couldn’t separate the television character from the real person.
During a recent interview, Jim Jones recounted the story where he was first introduced to Drake’s music. He explained Alan Grunblatt, the current president of MNRK Music Group, called him about the then-budding Canadian. “Alan was like, ‘I got this guy named Drake, uh, he’s an actor, he’s on Degrassi.’ I’m like, ‘Who the fuck is Drake on Degrassi?’ He let me hear him rapping like this boy could rap his ass off,” Jones admitted. However, he was taken aback after seeing a picture of Drake.

“I’m like, ‘Boy, what do you mean? What am I going to do with boy? He’s an actor, he’s in a wheelchair on like  — what is it, Disney Channel?’ I’m like, ‘Boy, I don’t know how to make this work out,'” Jones continued. 

“Once again, I just wasn’t seeing past what I seen in front of me,” he added before praising how Lil Wayne built Drake up. “Weezy was smart enough to do so, and I remember being on another tour in the back of the bus and hearing Weezy and Drake rapping, and Drake saying something about Princess Diana and it’s going crazy. I’m like ‘Wow, life is crazy. This n***a is dead nasty, fuck what he look like.’”

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