YMCMB artist Drake and Nicki Minaj had some explaining to do yesterday after some backlash. Drake’s Rolling Stone cover didn’t go as planned, so indeed he had a few words for them. But, soon deleted tweets stating that his words were not true about judging Kanye West lyrics in Yeezus. He also made it known that they replaced his cover at the last minute, giving it to the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman. One tweet was left up, confirming that he is no longer doing interviews for magazines. “I’m done doing interviews for magazines. I just want to give my music to the people. That’s the only way my message gets across accurately“.
Drake then, took on his personal blog Octobers Very Own to let out his feelings. Creating the topic as “Tough Day at The Office“.
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.
A few days ago, Nicki Minaj released a record titled as “Lookin’ A** N**gas“. In which she posted a photo of Malcolm X holding a gun, peeping out the window with “Lookin’ A** N**gas” words plastered on the unofficial Malcolm X artwork for the track. People were extremely turned off by the edited photo with disgust and thought it was by far disrespectful. Minaj deleted the photo hours before apologizing on Instagram to her 4.2 million followers.
What seems to be the issue now? Do you have a problem with me referring to the people Malcolm X was ready to pull his gun out on as Lookin Ass N*ggaz? Well, I apologize. That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. This is a conversation. Not a single. I am in the video shooting at Lookin A** N*ggaz and there happened to be an iconic photo of Malcolm X ready to do the same thing for what he believed in!!!! It is in no way to undermine his efforts and legacy. I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. The word “n*gga” causes so much debate in our community while the “n*gga” behavior gets praised and worship. Let’s not. Apologies again to his family. I have nothing but respect an adoration for u. The photo was removed hours ago. Thank you