Akademiks Boasts Of Drake Stimulus Package After OVO Rapper Smiley’s Billboard Debut
Drake has been known to lend out hit records with features like parents do candy on Halloween. That was the case once again this week, when the 6 God helped the latest OVO Sound signee, Smiley, earn his first Billboard Hot 100 placement with “Over the Top.”
The Tay Keith-produced track debuted at No. 57 on this week’s Hot 100 chart. This marks the duo’s second collaboration after connecting on “Organization” in 2020. Drake listed Smiley’s Buy. or. Bye project as one of the inspirations for Scorpion.
On the record, Drizzy handles chorus duties where he brags about his Nike deal and why they continue to pay him the big bucks on lucrative deals.
“Nike don’t pay me to tell you, ‘Just do it’/They pay me to show you I’ll do it again,” he raps.
Akademiks, a noted Drake superfan, joked about how the 6 God hooked his OVO Sound artist up with a “stimulus package” to notch him his first hit.
“#drake delivers another stimulus package,” he wrote. “This time to Toronto own #Smiley. His song debuts on the hot 100 at #57. Is the drake stimulus package the best stimulus package a artist can get these days?”
In an interview with Complex, Smiley detailed how Drake has kept tabs on him since 2014 and their relationship only grew from there.
“So like, he heard my songs from when I had my first wave,” he explained. “A long time ago, it was 2014 or something like that. He heard those songs and I guess he paid close attention. And then when I took a break and I came back, I dropped this one song called ‘Hit’ with my other guys on the song. That was the first time I’d ever seen that Drake knew who I was or anything; one of his boys posted my song, and he commented under it and said, ‘Smiley = G.O.A.T.’ And then that’s when I was like, ‘Oh fuck, this guy knows who I am and shit.’ So then, probably a couple of days later, he follow me on Insta.”
He continued, “Probably a couple months later I got sentenced for a gun charge and stuff. And then while I was in jail, he messaged my Instagram account and just gave me a long message saying he fucks with the movement, he likes my music and stuff. And then a couple weeks later while I was still in jail he dropped the Scorpion album. The day after he dropped it, he wrote his inspirations for the album and he put my album Buy. or. Bye on there. And then from there, we just built our relationship.”