Drake is in recovery mode right now and rightfully so. The singer-rapper disenfranchised a lot of his fans and saw his public take a series hit after he unreleased a series of angry tweets yesterday, one of which was directed at Rolling Stone, stating how angry he was that the magazine had pulled his cover and replaced it with Philip Seymour Hoffman after the actor’s sudden death from a drug overdose. Since the incident, Drake has deleted the tweet in question from his Twitter page and has publicly apologized, via his website, for his anger and comments about losing the cover to Hoffman.
Drake wrote on his website, “I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Philip Seymour Hoffman. 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 the moment.”
The incident started with a tweet Drake sent which was meant to set the record straight about his remarks concerning Kanye West’s Yeezus album. He apparently took a couple shots at West, and although he says they are good friends he reportedly did poke some fun at West’s rapping. Drake then tweeted that he had never said anything about Yeezus during his interview with Rolling Stone. He also said that the magazine took away the cover slot from him at the “last minute and ran the issue.” The cover in question paid tribute to the life of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
“I’m disgusted with that. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil,” he tweeted later. Despite his call for respect many fans still found the comment tasteless and a show of ego.
Later the rapper also wrote that he will no longer give interviews with magazines and that giving his music to his fans is the only way that he can effectively get his message across. By this point he appeared clearly upset and maybe even a little bit confused about how he had gotten to that moment.
He also said in his public apology that he was not upset about the magazine’s choice to put Hoffman on the cover but was upset that he was bumped off the list. “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,” the rapper said. He added that he gives Rolling Stone respect “for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover.” When the idea that Canadians are somehow excluded from Rolling Stone covers was made a legitimate point is unclear, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, among others, have been on the cover multiple times since its inception.
The Canadian rapper’s apology will soften the blow of his public outcry but it is unlikely that most of his followers will forget it as an egotistical misstep. The untimely death of one of America’s biggest artistic talents is front page news no matter what publication you are reading. It’s a wonder how Drake could have missed that in the first place.
By Nick Manai