Rapper Drake slammed Rolling Stone magazine for replacing him on its cover with the recently deceased Philip Seymour Hoffman, and for allegedly misquoting his comments about fellow rapper Kanye West’s album.
Drake took to Twitter on Thursday as he vented out his frustration against the magazine while denying that he criticized West’s "Yeezus" album in an interview with the magazine.
"I never commented on Yeezus for my interview portion of Rolling Stone. They also took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue," the now-deleted tweets reportedly read. "I'm disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil."
The magazine reportedly quoted Drake as saying: "There were some real questionable bar on there. Like that 'Swaghili' line? Come on, man. Even Fabolous wouldn't say some s**t like that."
Another tweet in his account reads: “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.”
Rolling Stone reportedly said in a statement: "We stand by our reporting."
On Friday, Drake wrote by way of an explanation in a blog post: “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.”
He went on adding: “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.”
He then apologized, saying: “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 concluded saying: “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.”