Drake Was Angry About Rolling Stone Cover Change, But Not Why You Think

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The Drake-Rolling Stone feud has been a steady source of drama for the past week after the hip-hop star lambasted the iconic magazine on Twitter over the fact that his cover story was replaced by a piece in remembrance of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

On Thursday, Drake posted tweets that were then deleted saying that he was “disgusted” with Rolling Stone for pulling his cover last minute. He also claimed that the magazine published negative comments that he made about Kanye West’s album Yeezus that he said were not meant to be published. Predictably, the rapper got plenty of backlash that insinuated he was selfish and believed that he was more worthy of the cover slot than the late actor even though one of the original tweets read, “RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil.”

Of course, all this made Drake look like a jerk who thought he still deserved the Rolling Stone cover over Hoffman, but now the rapper has issued an apology and explained that his motivation for the outrage wasn’t entirely selfish. “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,” Drake said in a blog post issued on Friday.

He goes on to explain that the magazine didn’t give him the chance to “salvage” the story that was written or the photos that were taken for the cover piece, which will not be run in the magazine. Drake says that he would’ve preferred the opportunity to be on the cover of a later Rolling Stone issue, but ends the statement by saying, “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.”

Questlove has taken a stand on Drake’s side, posting several tweets saying that he believes it was wrong of Rolling Stone to not push Drake’s cover forward to a future issue. He tweeted that, “To not postpone Drake to a later issue is criminal. I doubt a non-hip-hop act would get passed over.”

Rolling Stone ended up publishing the story that was going to be Drake’s cover piece online on Thursday. In the story, Drake discusses losing the Best Rap Album Grammy to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Macklemore sent a text message to Kendrick Lamar, which he then posted on Instagram after the win, saying that, “You got robbed” and “I wanted you to win.”

“That shit was wack as fuck,” Drake said. “I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text messages? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better — make better music.’ It felt cheap.”

Why Rolling Stone decided not to publish the cover story at all rather than move it to a later date is unknown, but Drake was not trying to steal the spotlight from the late Hoffman. Perhaps the magazine has some big plans for its next issue’s cover as well. Rolling Stone hasn’t commented on the matter aside from publishing the Drake story online.

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