Pusha T’s “Story of Adidon” diss left Drake fans with much ado and speculations after the GOOD Music rapper pulled back the curtain on alleged secrets of the Toronto rap megastar’s past, such as a hidden lovechild and personal relationships with his loved ones.
But even before pressing play, the brow-raising actually starts at the cover photo choice for the diss record, which shows a young Drizzy done up in the derogatorily theatrical blackface and sporting a Jim Crow shirt.
As we’ve seen with King Push’s Daytona album artwork, the Virginia-bred artist has no qualms about artful controversy. But let Chicago emcee Lupe Fiasco tell it, that just so happens to be the same thing Drake was doing when he posed in the offensive, minstrel show-originative makeup, used in the mid-1800s by white performers to caricaturize and mock the appearance, likeness and behavior of Black citizens. In the “Kick, Push” rapper’s now-deleted tweets, he insists that he’s not defending nor deflecting Drizzy, but believes the photos have a deeper context.
Despite stating that he wasn’t defending the blackface use, he believes that the meaning behind it does excuse the controversy, according to his response to a fan. In fact, he added, it happens to be the same sort of artful gesture used by Pusha himself when Kanye West opted to use the disturbing photo of Whitney Houston’s bathroom when she was “at her worst,” Lupe elaborated, for the same means. He concluded that Pusha’s use of Drizzy’s divisive photo was a mistake given the “real context and intention” behind it.
Please stop referring to this picture as “artwork”...I’m not an internet baby, I don’t edit images...this is a REAL picture...these are his truths, see for yourself https://t.co/gd6vRS3HM8 pic.twitter.com/2el58HEZ8F— King Push (@PUSHA_T) May 30, 2018
Drake wear black face and niggas talking about context. I give up on black People man for real. Y’all sell y’all souls for celebrities that don’t know you.— IF YOU KNOW YOU KNOW (@Dapper_Dapo) May 30, 2018
I don’t know what y’all thinking but to me Drake in blackface makes the line from Infared “So I don’t tap dance for the crackas and sing Mammy” the hardest bar of this lyrical warfare thus far.— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) May 30, 2018
Drake/Drizzy/Aubrey Graham... You DEFINITELY have some explaining to do. Because unless you were auditioning for Spike Lee’s film ‘Bamboozled’, I don’t see any reason for you to be rocking Black Face. pic.twitter.com/TAuUERwq5l— LEFT⚫️ (@LeftSentThis) May 30, 2018
Drake in blackface might’ve put a nail in the coffin for lightskins this summer. I don’t make the rules.— Quinta (@quintabrunson) May 30, 2018
Drake in blackface is far worse than Kanye in MAGA hat btw....— Ace the Prophet (@boobiegotti2) May 30, 2018
Me looking at Drake’s black face pictures: pic.twitter.com/ztepIbhhMY— Prof. John Paul (@MrMeeds) May 30, 2018
Drake stans when they see that photograph of him in blackface pic.twitter.com/aNRihnqOZG— FOLS #OFFTHECUFFPOD (@folsforever) May 30, 2018
Drake looking at his old blackface images resurfacing on the timeline pic.twitter.com/VjInZMKxPJ— Drakes illegitimate son 🐝🇩🇴 (@SavinTheBees) May 30, 2018
I’m gonna be sitting here all night wondering why Drake is in black face.— Bev (@bevtgooden) May 30, 2018
Me when I found out Drake willingly let somebody put Blackface on him pic.twitter.com/SNY5CZu1tp— Randy Dorsey (@YngBlvkGftd) May 30, 2018
Me learning that Drake did blackface and it ain’t photoshop and has a kid in one song. pic.twitter.com/qLCM5YTvtq— A🌴 (@Honeyeollie) May 30, 2018
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