Olivia's manager, Richie Dollaz, would like to set the record straight once and for all.
"Control," a record from the former first lady of G-Unit featuring Drake, leaked on the internet this weekend. Many were skeptical about the track's authenticity and began to question it.
This morning (April 13), Drake released a statement apologizing for anyone being misled by the collaboration. "I’ve never worked with Olivia and I apologize to any fan who was duped into thinking that ‘Control’ was a collaboration of mine,” Drake said in a statement.
Hours later, Dollaz contacted BET.com to explain the logistics behind the mysterious collabo.
"First off, we never said that we worked with Drake," Dollaz told BET.com. "Let’s be clear to everybody out there who’s been trying to hate. If you look at any of the interviews we’ve done before this little fiasco, we never said we did. What happened was we got a record from some Canadian producers. Their label is called Sold Out Entertainment and the kid's name is Raffie, but he goes by Special K. They hit us with a Drake verse and were like, ‘We want Olivia to rap around this Drake verse we have.’ We said why not? Olivia’s getting ready to do a mixtape soon, this will be dope for her mixtape and it’ll be a nice look."
Dollaz went on to explain that he and his team were under the impression Drake was already paid for his work, but didn't know the Toronto native personally so a meeting couldn't be arranged to discuss if he knew about the track or not. The track was specifically crafted for Olivia's new mixtape, "Under the Radar."
"Next thing you know this past Saturday I’m on the internet and the record is going crazy, everyone is calling me," Dollaz explained. "People are calling me about this record that’s on the internet but we didn’t release the record. If you go back to any of Olivia’s Twitters from Saturday you will see that the record was leaked. We never put the record out. I’m assuming the dudes in Canada leaked the record. I mean, it is what it is. The record was never for Olivia’s album, it was a mixtape record at best. I really don’t know what all the commotion was about, really. I don’t know what Drake’s stance is, but it’s really not my issue. His issue isn’t with us, it is with the people who put the record out."