Drake Addresses Rolling Stone Controversy on OVO Website
(AllHipHop News) Five years ago, Drake debuted the most influential mixtape of the past five years on his personal website Octobers Very Own. Five years after that release and he is once again posting on the blogsite, this time to clarify and elucidate his feelings towards the controversy around his Rolling Stone comments.
After news of his Rolling Stone comments about Yeezus, Drake sent a series of critical tweets at the magazine and called them "pure evil" for replacing his scheduled cover for that of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman. According to Drake's statement, he was not perturbed with Rolling Stone replacing his cover with that of the late legendary actor but because he was not given the option to release it later:
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.
Drake has deleted the tweet referencing Phillip Seymour Hoffman's cover replacing his and apologized later in the statement. Drake did not address his comments about Kanye West's Yeezus, Macklemore or Fabolous in the statement.
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Rolling Stone has not released a statement regarding Drake's comments.
Check out Drake's full statement below:
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.