The last few days have been tumultuous for multi-platinum hip-hop artist Drake. We reported on Wednesday that in an interview with Rolling Stone the Toronto native called Macklemore’s apology text to Kendrick Lamar ‘wack as f*ck.’ Then yesterday, it was reported that in the same interview he went on to question Kanye West’s lyrical integrity on the Yeezus album, while taking a not so subtle shot at Brooklyn rapper Fabolous. Drake saved his most scathing remarks for Rolling Stone itself, saying via Twitter he would no longer conduct interviews with magazines. He implies that the reason for this is that the media often misconstrues his words.
Today, which is coincidentally the 5 Year Anniversary of So Far Gone, a sober Drake took to the web to retract his statements. Among other things, he says that he understands why Phillip Seymour Hoffman got the cover he just wishes Rolling Stone would have handled it differently.
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.