Drake Responds to Rolling Stone Cover Backlash
By ANTOINETTE BUENO
February 14, 2014
Looks like rapper Drake isn't too happy with his much-hyped upcoming Rolling Stone interview, including the fact that the magazine apparently replaced his cover last minute to pay tribute to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Drake called out the music magazine on Twitter, also claiming that he never criticized Kanye West's album Yeezus for their interview. (Drake allegedly took shots at West's lyrics, reportedly saying, "There were some real questionable bars on there. Like that 'Swaghili' line? Come on, man. Fabolous wouldn't say some s*** like that.")
I never commented on Yeezus for my interview portion of Rolling Stone. They also took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue.— Drizzy (@Drake) February 13, 2014
I'm disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil.— Drizzy (@Drake) February 13, 2014
"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," he added.
Rolling Stone teased their interview with the 27-year-old rapper as recently as Wednesday, including his candid opinion on Macklemore apologizing to Kendrick Lamar for winning Best Rap Album at this year's Grammys, then making it public by posting his apology text on his Instagram.
"That s*** was wack as f***," he put bluntly. "I was like, 'You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn't deserve it, go get better — make better music.' It felt cheap. It didn't feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?"
He also took offense to the fact that Macklemore texted just Kendrick, as opposed to all his fellow nominees.
"To name just Kendrick? That s*** made me feel funny. No, in that case, you robbed everybody. We all need text messages!"
Rolling Stone featuring Drake's full interview hits newsstands Friday.
UPDATE: Drake has took to to his blog to address the backlash that he's received from his now deleted tweets.
"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," he wrote. "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."