Yesterday was a “tough day at the office” for Drake. On the fifth anniversary of his breakout mixtape, Drake was dealing with the fact that he had been bumped from this weeks Rolling Stone cover in favour of the recently deceased Philip Seymour Hoffman. Instead of being given the option to have his story be pushed back until he could once again get the cover he was promised, Rolling Stone ran both, with Drake being given less attention. To top that off, he also claims to have been misquoted when it came to comments regarding Kanye West’s latest album.
All this led to Drake taking to Twitter to voice his frustrations. His first two tweets regarding the issues, “I never commented on Yeezus for my interview portion of Rolling Stone. They also took the cover from me and ran the issue,” and “I’m disgusted with that. RIP to Philip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil” have since been taken down, leaving only one tweet:
I’m done doing interviews for magazines. I just want to give my music to the people. That’s the only way my message gets across accurately.
— Drizzy (@Drake) February 13, 2014
As the dust settled and the day progressed, Drizzy had some time to think about the issue more, and last night released a statement on the blog that started it all for him.
With today being the 5th anniversary of So Far Gone I figured it’s fitting to return to it’s place of its origin in order to clear the air about an extremely emotional day. 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. My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed. The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable (on the magazines behalf), but 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. 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. I am still the same person. Today I was forced out of my character and felt the need to react swiftly. These days are the worst ones. Waking up after a great night in the studio and it’s your day to be picked apart. After dwelling on it for a few hours or days you will come to the conclusion that you brought it on yourself almost every time. So here I am having that moment. I once again apologize to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way. I respect Rolling Stone for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover. I guess this is a day to learn and grow.
You can read the full Rolling Stone article here.