The rapper admitted “the circumstances” that led to the magazine’s decision to replace him with Hoffman “are completely justifiable”
Drake took to Twitter on Thursday to slam Rolling Stone magazine for putting Philip Seymour Hoffman on the cover instead of him, and on Friday, the rapper apologized to both parties, as well as everybody else who may have been bothered by his comments.
I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Philip Seymour Hoffman,” Drake wrote in a blog post published on Friday. “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,” the 27-year-old rapper continued. “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.”
Drake previously complained that he was “disgusted” with Rolling Stone because the publication had allegedly misquoted him commented on Kanye West in his interview, and “took” his cover “last minute.”
“RIP to Philip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil,” Drake tweeted. “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.”
After dwelling on his comments, Drake admitted to having “a moment” in which he reached the conclusion that he brought any negative reaction from the public or his fans on himself by reacting to the Hoffman cover so “swiftly.”
“I once again apologize to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way,” Drake concluded. “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.”