By Paul de Revere
After Drake’s refreshing candor about the music industry, the GRAMMYs and Macklemore and Kendrick Lamar’s post-GRAMMY dynamic in his latest Rolling Stone profile, Drake has maybe kept it a little too real lately.
His recent Twitter mini-rant about his treatment in Rolling Stone’s pages— claiming he never made criticisms about Kanye West’s Yeezus record, that he didn’t get the cover over the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman— has shown what happens when, to quote Chappelle’s Show, Keeping It Real Goes Wrong. The tweets were swiftly deleted, but not without plenty of users screen capturing or transcribing it first.
Now Drake has issued an apology on his October’s Very Own blog where he changes his tone and apologizes defiantly.
Read his sorry-not-sorry post in full.
“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 Philip 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.