The show, which depicted life on a housing estate in London, was axed in 2013 by bosses at British network Channel 4 after two series, but it left Drake disappointed as he is a huge fan.

Now actor Ashley Walters, who played drug dealer Dushane in the drama, has revealed the Hotline Bling rapper made an offer to buy the rights in order to sell the show in the U.S.

"Drake thought it was proper," he tells U.K. Internet talk show Not For The Radio. "This was via text. I was speaking to Future mainly, Drake's manager. We were going back and forth. And we were like, 'Put a deal on the table'.

"Eventually they got in contact and asked, 'What's happening with series three?' I told them Channel 4 had cancelled it. They said, 'That's sad, but we're going to do something about it.' Furthermore Drake was like, 'You need to break America'. He wanted to help. We were going into meetings. Top Boy is the sort of brand we knew would sell to Netflix, Amazon. The numbers speak for themselves."

However, the deal for the show was scuppered when the production company which owns the rights, Cowboy films, turned down Drake's offer.

Walters adds, "So we had that power and the production company still owned the rights. And Drake made an offer and they turned it down. I don't know what is going on with it..."