Drake recently took aim at Rolling Stone magazine for allegedly taking him off the cover of its latest issue without letting him know. Now the publication has come forth to address Drizzy and his attack.
According to Rolling Stone, they never tried to trick the Young Money rapper into thinking he would be on the cover of the magazine.
“Drake has no business attacking Rolling Stone or Philip Seymour Hoffman because the magazine gave him advance notice it was dropping him from the cover in favor of PSH. Sources close to Drake tell TMZ the rapper feels like he was “tricked” because … “He only did the interview if he was going to be on the cover.” But we’ve learned Drake was interviewed on January 28, and the photo shoot was also completed before PSH died on Feb. 2.” (TMZ)
The magazine representative also explains dhow they gave Drake and his team a heads up of the unexpected cover change.
“A rep for RS says this happens all the time when musicians and actors die — most recently when Lou Reed and Whitney Houston passed away. Further, the RS rep says Drake’s camp was told last Friday he wouldn’t be on the cover when the mag was released Wednesday. The rep would not say if they offered Drake a future cover. ” (Rolling Stone)
Drake has deleted his tweets about the matter and posted the following apology explaining his frustrations with Rolling Stone on his OVO blog:
“I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman,” Drake said. “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,” Drake continues. “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.”