Drake Explains His Rolling Stone Magazine Beef


Drake Explains His Rolling Stone Magazine Beef

Rapper takes to his OVO blog to address his "frustration" with being removed from the cover.

Published February 14, 2014

Drake is definitely comfortable in his feelings, and this Valentine's Day, he's feeling like he's been "picked apart" over his reaction to having his cover of Rolling Stone magazine replaced with one in dedication to the recently deceased actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Reports, HipHopDX, Drizzy took to his October's Very Own blog early Friday (Feb. 14) to address the beef — one that prompted him to call the press "evil" and promise that he'd never do another magazine interview again.

"Tough Day at the Office," he titled the entry. "With today being the 5th anniversary of [mixtape] So Far Gone, I figured it's fitting to return to its place of its origin in order to clear the air about an extremely emotional day," he opened.

"I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication," Drake continued. However, the staff at RS should have told him their intention, he insisted.

"My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed ... I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating. They ran the issue without giving me a choice to be in it or not. I would have waited until it was my time because I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose but I just wasn't given that option and that made me feel violated."

Meanwhile, it is customary for a consumer publication to re-work an issue when there is a sudden death in the celebrity community. It is an expensive gesture, usually reserved for the most popular and acclaimed in their field.

"I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment.... These days are the worst ones. Waking up after a great night in the studio and it's your day to be picked apart."

Drizzy never addresses the use of the Kanye West quotes, which he brought up in those deleted tweets, hinting that his dissing Yeezus lyrically were "off-the-record" comments. Instead, he concludes, "I respect Rolling Stone for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover."

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Written by BET-Staff


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