Drake makes it easy to feel like you know him because he puts so many voyeuristic details in his lyrics — sometimes too many. So the idea that he’d lash out after Rolling Stone put someone else on the cover, and then apologize in a way that doesn’t quite express regret, is something that could almost make for an outtake from last year’s Nothing Was the Same. As with the man’s rapping, people will differ on whether that level of warts-and-all realism is refreshing or a way of excusing your-boy-will-be-your-boy behavior, but either way, Drake’s overnight blog post responding to yesterday’s RS brouhaha (on the fifth anniversary of his star-making So Far Gone mixtape!) is quintessentially Drake.
Titled “Tough Day at the Office,” the post says Drake agrees with the magazine’s decision to put the late Philip Seymour Hoffman on the cover instead of him but questions the way it was handled. He apologizes, twice — first “to anybody who took my initial comments out of context” and then ” to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way.” (You’d think at this point a blanket admission of fault might be a better way of quieting the uproar, but that just wouldn’t be Drake.) He ended on a classier note: “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.”
Read the whole thing below.
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.