Lyor Cohen Talks Missing Out On Drake

This flick of Lyor Cohen was snapped last year during Drake’s gig at S.O.B’s . Today though, Complex posted their interview with the Warner Music CEO. In a excerpt below, he speaks on not securing Drizzy to the label.

Speaking of new artists, many people were expecting Drake to sign with you at Warner Music. Did it disappoint you that he ended up going with Universal Motown?
Lyor Cohen:
A very disappointing thing. But I’m a lover of rap music. I want good things to happen to this industry. I have so much good fortune and already have everything. I feel like we have a terrific company, and we’re very old-school in that once we grip someone’s hand, fundamentally we believe that’s a deal. But that’s not this generation. They’ll grip someone’s hand and say they’re coming, but if someone offers them more they will renege. That’s not how we get down.

Did Drake do that?
Lyor Cohen:
I’ll keep that between Drake and myself.

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  • blaqscorpio


    We’re not dumb Lyor, WE CAN READ BETWEEN THE LINES!

  • stephen

    Lol, fuck old man flipping the bird,

  • bonbon

    wow. last gen mostly got crazy ripped off, too.

  • Moose

    gotta love the bitterness in his reponse lol

  • B. Digital

    Lyor and company should have put up more money.

  • Whoa…

    U should expect drake 2 chose universal motown!
    Cash money/young money are under universal motown so wtf do u expect

  • Rhyme

    If Lyor had his hands on Drake he would have made a Classic already.

    That bitch music he going on with gonna get played out, and the streets already not fuckin with it.
    Universal grooming a straight up Pop Star, with no history or grass roots to fall back on.

  • koa29

    Streets not fuckin with Drake?

    Nah son, you just frontin’ on the nigga to cuz you ain’t big enough to admit you like his r&b shit (II)

  • Midnite!

    We were all fucking with Drake until he started this r&b bullshit.He is turning out to be a big dissapointment.Sorry but,he is.Lyor didn’t miss out on shit,Drake at least would have been paid,now being that he signed with the croooks at cash money he won’t be getting his royalty checks,watch and see how he gets jacked for his loot just like every other artist did that was signed to the crooks!Watch…….

  • Interscope Employee

    LOL shots fired!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • young hov

    bonbon says:
    Tuesday, June 01 2010 at 2:29 PM EST
    wow. last gen mostly got crazy ripped off, too.

  • papology

    i dont know the contract´s conditions but since Drake would be a terrible long-term investment, i wouldnt have renegotiated my offer to him.

  • Wow.

    Big ass ears.

  • Mikey Haze

    You sound like a dumb ass nigga. Everyone that knows Drake music he has been on some rnb shit for ever. Fuck outta here. Streets fucked with him then when he was singing “brand new” and they still fuck with him.


    lmao @ lyor cohen i would feel that same way too but a handshake? i hope he know that drake’s a jew…

  • Real Talk

    Dude aint lyin….
    Streets not messin wit drake.
    Ask any real nigga out there if they listen 2
    Drake. That nig been lost his street cred an barely had any
    But we will see who really fcks wit drake when
    Thank me later cums out. Personally… I wont be buyin or partaking
    In anything that has too do wit lil wayne’s butt buddy
    Aka wheelchair jimmy.

  • Real Talk

    An half u pple on hear claimin the streets mess wit drake arnt even in the streets.

  • Mikey Haze

    @Real Talk

    No shots my nigga, but you on some real hater talk for real my dude…Aint no real niggas fuckin with Drake? I be in the grimiest hoods southside of Chi and all I hear is that Miss me Track Bumpin in cars and on niggas radios on the stoop of the traps. That light up joint as well. Not sure which world you living in my nigga but real niggas fuck with this Jimmy ass nigga bc he keeps it real. Real talk no pun…

  • Mikey Haze

    And half the niggas talking about “the street dont mess with Drake” be on hip hop blogs all day, SO who is anyone to say anything my nigga?

  • Post no billz

    These execs sleep on everything thats hot.. They prolly jus wanted to sign him cus all the other labels were throwing money at him.. I know the legacy of lyor cohen but these dickheads seem so outta touch..

  • Real Talk

    Give me a line from drake thats on sum REAL shit.

  • Mikey Haze

    This whole entire verse from “Light Up”

    I been up for four days gettin’ money both ways
    Dirty and clean, I could use a glass of cold Spades
    Rolexes, chauffeurs, and low fades,
    I keep thinking, how young can you die from old age?
    They always tell me nobody’s workin’ as hard as you
    And even though I laugh it off, man, it’s probably true
    ‘Cause while my closest friends out there partying
    I’m just here making all of the music that they party to
    But party on, party on, all night nigga
    I got these new rappers nervous, prom night nigga
    I’ve grown tired of these fuckin’ grown man liars
    Storytellers, they ain’t even need a campfire
    Uh, but I just want to tell the truth
    Before one of the haters load up a couple shells and shoot
    The shit feel like when Fredro Starr was in Sunset Park
    Stuntin’ hard in his yellow Goose
    Yeah, but I’m a ma’fuckin’ missed target
    But a target nonetheless and I just started
    Was that directed at moi? It can’t be
    They must be talking to themselves, hoes hands free
    Yeah, and I’m just filling up this daily planner
    Gettin’ busy ’cause I’m a star, no spangled banner
    Jealous dudes get to talkin’ in they music
    And I just say I wrote it for your girlfriends, Kelsey Grammar
    Yeah, that’s what life becomes when you’re doing you
    Welcome to Hollywood, don’t let this town ruin you,
    And if you pillow talking with the women that are screwin’ you
    Just know that she gon’ tell another nigga when she through wit you
    Don’t get impatient when it takes too long
    Drink it all even when it tastes too strong
    Yeah, I gotta feel alive, even if it kills me
    I promise to always give you me, the real me

  • bobby brougham

    How can the O.G.T.I. get jewed?

  • Drucifer1983

    I still dont see why all these labels and Execs would be buggin the fuck out on Drake, I aint hatin I just dont see anything special about the kid at all, His content, Delivery and everything about him is just run of the mill to me……..But, thats just my humble opinion, I’m glad he’s gettin his, only one good thing I can say in his favor is that he seems to be grateful for his position and he seems like a pretty nice guy in his interviews

  • PrettyChicoWhatDeyCalledEm

    lol for real mikey haze drake is prolly the biggest polar opposite of “real” that there is in hip hop. All the true heads I know laugh at this dude. Drake only gets bumped in the burbs by the folks who started listenin to rap last week and think wayne is goat as far as I can tell.

  • PrettyChicoWhatDeyCalledEm

    and he lies in the first bar of that verse you posted

  • Already pre-ordered Thank Me Later. It’s gonna be nice. No haterade.

  • Mikey Haze

    SO then what category I fall into CHico? I grew up in the hood, still live in the hood. I aint suburban. My favorite rappers is Big L and Big Pun, yet I can fuck with this nigga Drake 2…so tell me, how accurate is your accusations…and I didnt know you was there with Drake when he fell asleep before the 4 days was up….smh

  • bonbon

    how is he getting money both ways? teen sitcoms and universal records?

  • mac DIESEL

    “That’s not how we get down”




  • Lyor, Lyor, Lyor…that’s all I gotta say…

  • Real Talk

    Im gonna end this arguement on this note and hate on my opionion all u want

    Gucci Mane > Drake

    Thats all

  • Damn…cold game. Well we all know Drake actually did do that lol
    “Because Nigganomics can no longer be tolerated”

  • Monstadon

    “Int: Did Drake do that?”
    “Lyor Cohen: I’ll keep that between Drake and myself.”

    Sooo…you saying he did it then, right? Otherwise…if you wanted to keep it between you and him, the answer to the question is different, no?


    WTF? Is this the provocative interview question? ROFL. Fuck outta here…everybody and they grandma knew that dude wasn’t going nowhere past Cash/Young Money…shit, same with Wayne when he was talking that, I’m leaving shit…they got in on the ground floor of the exploitation train…They wasn’t lettin’ them meal tickets go…

    While I personally have little to no use for his music, I understand his appeal…just not my thing.

    @Bobby Brougham: Drake is half Jewish…


  • MithritadesHD

    Lyors an ass,being media trained you would think the asshat knows better but I guess when u don’t answer to anybody you can leave yourself wide open like that
    “Lyor Cohen: I’ll keep that between Drake and myself.”

  • Ghost

    lmao @ lyor cohen i would feel that same way too but a handshake? i hope he know that drake’s a jew…

    ^they’re both jews you stupid racist fuck

  • I shook this guy’s hand and didn’t get a deal. Lol. I got his biz card and I still work at the clearport. Lol!

  • Ghost

    Lyor if his album flops, you can thank him later…….

  • stupid white boy heres real talent

  • some serious lmao goin on…

  • somebody tell me how u “keep it between (urselves)” if ur puttin it in the street in the same sentence? smfh. funny

  • You know you made it when people start overanalyzing your lyrics.

    End of comment.

  • Shawn

    Lyor!!! GTFOHWTBS… LMAO. “We fundementally have a deal”

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