Memphis Bleek has admitted that his mentor, JAY-Z, was “mad” when he declined the lead role in the 2002 movie Drumline, which ultimately went to Nick Cannon and made him a household star. On Drink Champs on Saturday (September 23), the former Roc-A-Fella rapper revealed that he would have accepted the gig if he had understood how big of a deal it would be.
Not just Memphis Bleek declined the job in Drumline that ultimately went to Nick Cannon. T.I. said in January that he, too, had been considered for the movie’s lead part but had declined it. Tip said on Shannon Sharpe’s Club Shay Shay podcast regarding his illustrious film career, which includes appearances in American Gangster, ATL, Takers, and others, that Drumline could have been in his filmography if he had knew how to play the drums.
The Atlanta rap veteran went on to say that he and Nick Cannon often make light of the situation, but that he’s ultimately pleased with how things turned out. Furthermore, no one ever wants to be that person, but Memphis Bleek, a Roc-A-Fella for life, was, well, that person when he requested tickets for Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” World Tour from the big homie JAY-Z in honor of his wife’s birthday. It was a no, of course.
Check out the full interview below: