According to TMZ’s Van Lathan, Drizzy has already gotten busy on his backfire for the shots unloaded by the GOOD Music emcee. But in the meantime, he’s only addressing one of the most controversial digs that had less to do with the diss track’s lyrics and more to do with its controversial cover work: a 2007 photo of Drake in blackface.
Simply put, the photos belong to a project he was working on back then, not a photo shoot for brand apparel, as some misinformation held on the internet.
“I know everyone is enjoying the circus but I want to clarify this image in question,” he began. “This was not from a clothing brand shoot or my music career. This picture is from 2007, a time in my life where I was an actor and I was working on a project that was about young Black actors struggling to get roles, being stereotyped and typecast.”
He even has a witness, according to the statement: a Sudanese actor by the name of Mazin Elsadig, who Drake said was his best buddy at the time and apparently was also involved with the above-mentioned project.
Drake’s response is so sketch. You’re a black actor so you put on black face to portray a black actor? Boy if you don’t stop with that bullshit. pic.twitter.com/sQ90dzT4YE— DeMario Jackson (@demariojackson_) May 31, 2018
Drake's response regarding the blackface pictures makes sense. Especially coupled with what the photographer said.— Kayla (@YesImKayla) May 31, 2018
I don't believe it for several reasons:— Cookie Targaryen (@Cookiebaby23) May 31, 2018
#1. We've never seen "Woke Drake"
#2 Drake never discussed the challenges of being POC & getting jobs/ been an advocate of POC getting acting gigs.
#3. Why did it took Pusha T posting this Black face photo to discuss this?
#4 Hold this L. pic.twitter.com/vnC6IpPLwE
He was 19 when he did this.. and for a 19 yo that was a very intellectual move that falls flat in TODAY’s climate. Why would he address something from his past career that was never even released? Its very clear that the picture was symbolism to any1 who knows what black face is— Mona'e Kel (@Monae_Kel) May 31, 2018
Yeah this statement is trash. Save it Aubrey sis. pic.twitter.com/6aYVkIJjTD— bam slam (@bambus3k) May 31, 2018
I figured that much but since a picture is worth a thousand words people will flip it. Either way Drake is the biggest hip hop artist out right now and has been for awhile, can't hate on it.— Lola Whiffen (@LolaWhiffen) May 31, 2018
Me at drake right now! pic.twitter.com/rvEVB4xpw5— RawcaQue (@RawcaQ) May 31, 2018
He had to post a comment about it, Drake has big money endorsement deals that he could lose the way y’all talking about it, at least he explained himself. Now carry on— Threez (@thr33z_) May 31, 2018
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