Drake Influenced by T.I. and Stevie Wonder

Moments with the two artists had a profound effect on him.

Posted: 10/25/2011 08:21 PM EDT
Filed Under T.I., Drake

During a visit with the Shade 45 “Sway In The Morning” show on Sirius XM last week, T.I. not only talked about his fiction book, Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets, and his latest projects, but he was also treated to a pre-recorded video of Drake speaking kindly about T.I. and the legendary Stevie Wonder. Wonder joined Drake onstage at the OVO Fest in Toronto this past July where the legendary singer offered some words of advice to the Young Money star.


“There’s gotta be a reason why this man comes out to at OVO Fest and plays 35 minutes when he’s supposed to play one song,” Drake said. “There’s a reason why he even shows up there period, why he’s willing to come and share his insight with me.”


He then went on to talk about T.I. and how much he looks up to the “King of the South.” “He’s been like probably one of the greatest most influential people next to Tip who took the time very early in my career to sit me down and have a great conversation with me that I keep with me all the time. He told me some key things a couple of nights before he went to jail. Those are two guys, and I know they’re obviously different, but for me it meant a lot to me.”


T.I. also had nice words for the young rapper calling him “phenomenal” and remembers telling Drake to enjoy every moment in the business.

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