February 14, 2014
Drake Pens Note on Rolling Stone Magazine Controversy
Yesterday, Rolling Stone magazine released an extensive article/interview they did with Drake, originally intended to be the cover story of an upcoming issue. The interview sparked much controversy over comments Drizzy made about Macklemore's Grammy wins and a few choice lyrics from Kanye West's Yeezus album. On top of all this, Drake was originally intended to be featured on the cover of the issue, but was replaced by the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman at the last minute. Drake tweeted, then quickly deleted, his disgust with Rolling Stone for replacing him with the recently deceased actor.
Tonight, Drake released a statement on the official October's Very Own website with the intention of setting the record straight.
"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.