Young Money CEO, Cortez Bryant Talks Wayne Vs Drake + Drizzy’s 5th Single
During the countdown to D-Day aka Drake’s June 9 release date for Thank Me Later, everyone had an answer to the jackpot question —would Drizzy sell a millie his first week?
Although a critically-acclaimed debut effort, survey said no. But Young Money CEO, Cortez Bryant—greatly responsible for molding Lil Wayne into a mega rapper-eating star— knows exactly what his winning artist was missing to reach Weezy numbers. “The first week was great but [Drake] still need that big smash pop hit like we had with Wayne’s ‘Lollipop.'” he says. “Wayne got his million because he had that urban side and he crossed over to that pop demographic. I believe Drake would’ve got those million sales if we would’ve had that pop record.”
So if “Over” was an appetite soother, “Find Your Love” an emo stunna and “Miss Me” a hip-hop head’s favorite, where does that leave Drake’s 4th upcoming single “Fancy?” ‘I don’t think ‘Fancy’ is that pop record either,” reveals Cortez. “It’ll go so far, but when we drop ‘Show Me A Good Time’ in September— that has the potential to be that big record.”
As far as Drake’s success beyond music for, Cortez hopes his Toronoto front runner can multiply his triumphs through film opps. “We wanna start entertaining these movie offers. Drake is looking to come out with the role no one else expects. He’s not gonna be the teen heartthrob or the college kid. He wants roles where he can show his acting skills. Like a sci-fi or action picture.”
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