Drake

Yesterday, we learned that Drake had spoken ill of Macklemore to Rolling Stone. After Macklemore had defeated Kendrick Lamar (and Drake, and Kanye West, and Jay Z) for the Best Rap Album Grammy, Macklemore sent a text of apology to Kendrick and then shared that text on Instagram, an action Drake calls “wack as fuck.” Drake’s Rolling Stone feature isn’t online yet, but rumor has it that there is more shit-talk in it, and some of that shit-talk is directed at Drake’s occasional mentor Kanye West.

Drake and Kanye have a long history together. Kanye directed Drake’s video for “Best I Ever Had,” and more recently, the two shared stages twice last year. But as RealTalkNY notes, Drake, in his Rolling Stone interview, clowns some of Kanye’s lyrics from the Yeezus track “I’m In It”: “There were some real questionable bars on there. Like that, ’Swaghilli,’ line? Come on man. Even Fabolous wouldn’t say some shit like that.” (This quote isn’t confirmed yet, since the story isn’t out, but it’s already all over the internet.) Kanye is probably not happy about this, and I can’t imagine Fabolous is, either.

In the article, Drake also has words for praise. But since word of the sharp words leaked out, Drake has taken to Twitter to claim that he said nothing of the kind and to bash Rolling Stone:

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. I’m disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil. 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.

For a second there, I thought Drake was shouting out Hoffman’s portrayal of Lester Bangs in Almost Famous. But no, apparently Drake’s been bumped from the cover to make room for a Philip Seymour Hoffman memorial, and he is not thrilled about that.

UPDATE: Drake has pulled the offending quotes from Twitter. Meanwhile, TMZ reports Drake was aware he had been bumped from the magazine’s cover prior to publication, but felt he had been “tricked” [because he] “only did the interview if he was going to be on the cover.” Finally, Rolling Stone just published their much-debated Drake feature, and even beyond the controversy-baiting leaked quotes, the thing is just loaded with amazing details. Notably, the first quote, in the first paragraph, is Drake saying, “I want to be sure your tape recorder gets everything,” which presumably is there to deflate Drake’s claims of being misquoted. The piece is called “High Times at the YOLO Estate,” and you should read it. Here are some highlights:

  • Drake’s 12,500 square foot mansion (set on three acres in Hidden Hills, CA) includes an ’enormous swimming pool – the rippling waters of which contain two very big statues of voluptuous women, on their knees, in bikinis … a man-made grotto, tricked out with a wet bar, illuminated wading pools, flatscreen TVs … iron torches, affixed to the grotto’s interior walls, belching flames … a pair of majestic elk, fashioned from stone, standing sentinel up top … a standalone, 25-seat movie theater; a combination tennis-basketball court; a mechanical bull; and a half-dozen stables for horses that Drake does not own.’ Says Drake: “Originally, I had a sign outside that said the yolo estate, but it got stolen three times, and it was getting a bit costly to replace it, so I just changed it to the street number.”
  • On his emo rep: “There’s these GIFs about me, these stupid stereotypes people have of me as this overly emotional character that cries in his room every night … There are jokes because of Degrassi, because I’m Canadian, because I make music for women. There are memes of guys crying to my music … I love it. I heart those photos when I see them on Instagram.”
  • On Rihanna and love: “She’s the ultimate fantasy. I mean, I think about it. Like, ’Man, that would be good.’ We have fun together, she’s cool and shit. But we’re just friends. That’s my dog for life … I’m not after pussy like I was three years ago, when I was trying to make up for all the years when no girl would talk to me. But I haven’t met somebody that makes everybody else not matter.”’
  • On the Grammys: “It becomes more apparent how irrelevant our genre is to them. They were trying to utilize me to sell the show, requesting me to come and perform ’Hold On We’re Going Home’ but they didn’t nominate it for anything! They’re calling me, e-mailing me every day to do some elaborate performance and bring them viewers, but I didn’t get a nomination for Album of the Year. I didn’t get a nomination for Song of the Year.”
  • On art shout-outs in rap: “It’s like Hov can’t drop bars these days without at least four art references! I would love to collect at some point, but I think the whole rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny.”
  • On his rhymes: “I’m very particular about bar structure, where something ends, where it begins … [I] go on Wikipedia and research my shit.”
  • On producers: “It’s about finding what’s next … I’m hesitant to let people know what producers I’m fucking with, what I’m rapping about. I’d rather drop that winning hand out of nowhere.”
  • On Kanye: “There were some real questionable bars on [Yeezus]. Like that ’Swaghili’ line? Come on, man. Even Fabolous wouldn’t say some shit like that. [But] “Kanye’s the reason I’m here. I love everything about that guy … Kanye and me are friends; we’re plotting on getting some work done together … [Jay Z and Kanye] are gods to me … I’m just feeling like the throne is for the taking – watch me take it.”
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    • Rolling Stone has spent pretty much their 50 years glorifying this very philosophy. I also don’t see people throwing their hands up in the air when the likes of Joplin, Cobain, Morrison, River Phoenix, Heath Ledger etc get slapped (sing with me) ‘On the cover of the Rolling Stonnnne…”

      Now, I agree with your thought on the cowardice of the situation relating to these ‘fools,’ but a mommy/daddy-rich, snot nosed rapper who feels the need to constantly tweet his inconsequential thoughts is not nearly as theatrical as pointing to one of the greatest American actors of our time whose tortured soul gave us not only the best of his abilities, but also the reality of his flaws.

    • I know you’ve probably heard this before and are choosing to stick to your “drug addicts are bad people” guns due to some comforting principle you like to believe in, but addiction isn’t a vice –– it’s a disease. This moralistic bullshit where people reduce that to “asshole makes bad decisions so of course they die” causes me endless brain pain. I’m all for not trivializing addiction and instead opening up a conversation about what that means and finding effective ways to help those who struggle with it (there aren’t nearly enough –– rehab, sure, but as we’ve seen those success rates aren’t exactly through the roof, and there’s still a huge social stigma surrounding addiction and mental illness writ large, for that matter). So I say put the dead drug addict on the cover!

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        • So I guess syphilis, AIDS, and lung cancer should actually be referred to as ST”D”s.

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          • Just realized that I forgot to edit the front end of this sentence. I’m pretty sure lung cancer is not sexually transmitted, not even by Catherine Zeta Jones.

          • But would you boycott a friend or family member’s funeral because you didn’t believe in glorifying cigarette smoking? Hoffman is dead, he isn’t asking for your sympathy. You’re not proving a point about the dangers of drug use by condemning expressions of grief. You’re basically arguing that the most talented actor of his generation is not worthy of our remembrance because he had demons.

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          • ACCCCCCCTUALLY oncogenic (cancer-causing) viruses that are sexually transmitted (like human papillomavirus) can metastasize if undiscovered aaaaaaaand the three most common sites of ANY cancer metastasis are generally liver, bone, and lung. So bit of a stretch but there’s your sexually transmitted lung cancer :p

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          • You’re addicted to downvotes…does not make you bad guy.

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          • You will be remembered, but your body will be littered with lots of thumbs pointing up and down. Drake will then tweet that you took all the attention from him that day and Macklemore will retweet it.

          • What avatar?

          • You can’t see his avatar, RJC? I’ll post it for you.

          • “When you get cancer, I am not taking care of you. It’s your fault. You decided to continue killing yourself.”

            I’m not going to downvote you. I’m just going to save this and post it next time you go on one of your “Its New Years/Christmas/Valentine’s Day/a Tuesday and why am I so alone” rants.

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          • I guess now is as good a time as any to point out something that I feel isn’t necessary.

            Commenting on your own downvotes. Amazingly, I’m not so much referring to this particular situation (although it seems like THE BEST place to point this out). Rather, when people comment, get 1-2 downvotes, then reply with, “Why am I getting downvoted?”

            Chill. Multiple times I’ve seen those original comments reverse once the non-knee jerk readers get around to it. Then you have a post with an average amount of upvotes with this dumbass comment below it going “Why am I getting downvoted?”

            Now, I’m breaking the fuck out of the “rule” I’m getting ready to lay out, but here goes:

            Can we stop acknowledging upvotes/downvotes in our comments?

            I know it will NEVER happen, but if I can make one more person conscious about this before making one of these posts, oh man, I’d be so happy.

            So comment away and let the downvotes/upvotes fall as they lie. Remember, the section on this site that acknowledges upvotes/downvotes is called “Shut Up, Dude”

            Thanks. And downvote the fuck out of this please ;)

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          • You say that but how am i supposed to enjoy my weekend if I don’t have a weekly overall of at least +30?

          • OOOOOOHHHHH It’s an image.

            I was thinking, “What do I have to type in this box to get my font super big?”

            Neat.

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        • I figured that was your take, and that’s fine I guess. I don’t know, I suppose I’m not that moralistic; people don’t always make the “right” decision, whatever that is. Imperfection is a pretty standard human trait, whereas addiction isn’t –– the vast majority of people who touch addictive substances don’t get addicted. Conflating bad habits with addiction is a pretty common thing, but it’s a thing I have a huge problem with. Many of us for instance, drink alcohol. Alcohol is delicious, and if consumed in moderation actually has health benefits and stuff (who knew!). Still, sometimes people like to get good and drunk, because it’s fun. That’s a choice, and certainly most of us know it’s not the wisest one. A key difference: for alcoholics, it’s not so fun, and it’s not simply something they can cut back on or quit for the month of January just to prove a point. Some brains are just wired that way, and for the those of us that aren’t it’s important to try to be understanding and see what we can do as a society to help out. But hey, that’s just me.

          • Also: I know you’re just doing your whole enfant terrible schtick right now and it’s pointless to do the argument thing, but this is something that’s been on my mind lately so I decided to get all serious and write words about it. Typically, serious discussions in comments sections are just the worst, which is why I try to limit my commenting persona to “anonymous person who trades in bad puns and questionable jokes.” But alas, here we are.

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      • I can’t 100% square myself with crania’s perspective or michael_’s. I’ve got a lot of sympathy for drug addicts. Any action taken by society should have rehabilitation and recovery as the end goal, not punishment or retribution.

        At the same time, when we have this sort of wide-reaching narrative that touches a lot of people, particularly the young folks, I think it’s wrong-headed to completely alleviate an addict of any accountability or culpability. Hoffman’s death hurts a lot of people, especially his family and kids, and it’s a tragedy that could totally have been avoided – if not at the end, when he was in the throes of addiction, then certainly in the beginning, when he picked up his first needle. Crania talks about alcoholism further down in the comments, and I think alcoholism is a lot more sympathetic given the large number of people who drink and keep the harmful consequences to a relative minimum, but this is heroin. Even if some people have a higher genetic predisposition to addiction than others, addiction is still a totally possible and foreseeable consequence when you start using heroin, and (IMO) that should be enough of a deterrent to keep you from going down that path.

        I think Hoffman should be praised for the work he did in his life, but that praise shouldn’t get intertwined with that nasty “tortured artist whose pain pushed him to new levels” narrative. I was thinking this week, when Stereogum published their top Elliott Smith albums list, how sad it is that 50% of stuff I read about Smith’s body of work turns into “spot the suicide clue” or discussion about how his addictions and pain are what makes his music special. That’s a terrible and dangerous narrative.

        • Thank you. If Lemmy Kilmister says “I’ll never do heroin.” no one should ever try heroin.

          Also, having a moral stance on addiction and addiction being a disease are not mutually exclusive, i don’t know why people talk as if they are.

    • Yeah, that’s not honor someone for their great art because they died from an addiction they couldn’t beat. That’s totally being reasonable.

      And complaining that a well-respected actor “took” your magazine cover away from you because of an unfortunate passing, makes you a tit. Nice work, Drake!

    • On a certain level I’m with you. But I would argue that commemorating and glorifying are two different methods of grief. Hoffman’s death in no way glorifies heroin. He was a universally respected actor with a young family who died because he succumbed to an addiction he had been battling for most of his adult life. I don’t think anyone is picking up the magazine and thinking, “man, I want to get famous and then be found dead with a needle in my arm so I can make the cover of Rolling Stone” (do people even have that as a dream any more?). If anything, the tragedy of Hoffman’s death is going to keep people from trying heroin, not convince people that there is some glory behind it.

      Beside that, the worst thing about us is not what defines us as individuals. Hoffman’s death was a tragic waste, but his life is something worth remembering and honoring – at least as much as a the career of a rich kid rapper bitching about how he didn’t get a text after losing an award.

    • yep, downvote

    • How can you say something like this (i.e. no respect for anyone who does drugs) when you yourself have, on this very site, talked about committing suicide? Is there a difference to you between PSH dying from an overdose, and you just killing yourself?

    • Just because someone was a drug addict doesn’t mean their life’s work doesn’t deserve to be commemorated and celebrated. Unless you think I should throw away my Nirvana shirts as well? I mean, I wouldn’t want impressionable people to see Kurt Cobain on my torso and think that heroin addiction is cool, right?

    • oh god i hope this works i’ve never tried embedding gifs before

      • Such a terrifying feeling.

        You get the link in the post and hover over the “Submit Comment” button and quietly mutter to yourself, “Please let this embed correctly! I’m going to be soooo embarrassed if this displays as text.”

        I think I commented here for 1 or 2 years before mustering up the courage to post a pic in my post. I wasn’t ready to risk failure.

    • Lets not forget that for the vast majority of people who use them, DRUGS ARE AWESOME!

    • Hey guys what’s up?

      • Oh not much!

        We and Drake are super wack sad that PSH drugged his way onto the cover of RS.

        How’re you holden’ on? Goen’ home?

        • Well shit, RJ – it’s hard. It’s hard 2 dew this thing

          alone.

        • oh and also just d/l “bandz a make her dance” for my personal cpu (“People want to own music” – Steve Jobs). Been on a mike will kick for about 6 months and no sign of slowing down with this 23 and push it.

          Bitch who do you love?

          • I can’t blame ya, Bandz was hot fire. Not to mention Push that Dope being super incredible as well. Any other Mike Will jammerz to share with the team?

          • mean Move that not Push that. Had Pusha on my mind (like trouble) since he murders that song.

          • can’t blame ya for grindin on that push like a chinese new year

            My rec’s would be pretty limited to the hits. I am an outspoken We Can’t Stop enthusiast in my spare time. I also enjoyed kisses down low more than anyone should/could.

            I mean 773 love, but that’s so old. pour it up. no lie (again old).

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  3. “I just want to give my music to the people.”
    Sounds like something Macklemore would say…

  4. Drake is a human bitch. I eagerly await his return to the “bottom”.

  5. worst behaviour.

  6. That is the strangest picture of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

  7. It’s ironic that Drake ends up sounding like Kanye in that quote: “Yo, Phillip Seymor Hoffman, I’m really sad for you and I’mma let you finish, but I would’ve had the best Rolling Stone cover OF ALL TIME!”

    But seriously, that Swaghili line is pretty bad.

  8. Is this guy for real? They’re paying tribute to a dead guy and Drake’s pissed at losing a cover page?
    To quote the guy himself, this is “Wack as Fuck”.

  9. d-brad  |   Posted on Feb 13th +18

    All the good will he built up yesterday with calling out Macklemore… Vanished.

  10. UPDATE: Drake has deleted his tweets on the subject.

    YO, DOES THIS MEAN I CAN GET ALL MY COMMENTS ABOVE DELETED, TOO? EVERYTHING WE SAY ON THE INTERNET DOESN’T MATTER IF WE CAN DELETE IT, RIGHT? PEOPLE WILL FORGET.

  11. Disgusted at giving up ‘your’ cover to Hoffman? really?!

  12. “I go on Wikipedia and research my shit.”

  13. At one of my last jobs, I was told I’d be getting my own office, but when I arrived for work on the first day I found out it had been given to someone else. Drake, I’m feeling your pain.

    Nah, fuck this entitled crybaby and his sweater collection.

  14. stE!rE!ogum

  15. So my take away from this is Drake is preeeeeetty insecure.

  16. Does anyone get the feeling that Drake is pulling some sort of publicity stunt for his next upcoming album?

    *kanye shrug*

  17. I am a bit surprised, albeit pleasantly, at the amount of Drake bashing in this thread, which happens to be on a site that took the effort to write a “hundred best Drake songs” feature, where “started from the bottom” was prominently proclaimed the third best Drake song of all time, thus highlighting the fact that Drake’s entire discography is about as weighty and prolific as the pasty dump I took this morning.

    • How could you forget Draking Bad? I’m disgusted.

    • I’m with you. I really wanted to like Drake’s music, because all my sites tell me it’s great. It just doesn’t do it for me, though, in either the sound (grating voice) or content (Wikipedia researched bars) departments. Wack as fuck, really.

    • “… thus highlighting the fact that Drake’s entire discography is about as weighty and prolific as the pasty dump I took this morning.”

      I’m going to just nominate this now as quote of the week.

  18. note to those who downvoted my comment yesterday about him being wack as fuck: this is the guy you’re defending. up there with milli vanilli and pat boone for most embarrasing careers in music history.

    • To be fair, it was your “white parents” part of your comment that people had issue with.

      • fair enough, i could see how it could strike some as racial in a bad way. wasn’t at all trying to say drake’s half-whiteness is one of the many things that makes him wack. was saying he seemed to think macklemore’s whiteness is one of the things that makes him wack, and i was saying wack-as-fuck drake needs to look in the mirror.

  19. Uh sounds like drake is SO FAR GONE lmfao i’m in it

    • those kanye lines are wac as fuc, and so is own it, 305 to my city.

      I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT. I GET IT, I GET IT.

  20. Is “Drake” Canadian for “douche”?

  21. @miguelito1 Yo, girl. You seein anyone?

  22. Wow *smh*…..I…I..I got nothin’

  23. Urban Dictionary:

    “Drake” (n): Person who gets upset because they don’t get the thing they wanted because of someone else’s death.
    “Aw, dude, I can’t go to Coachella because I have to go to my Grandma’s funeral.”
    “Dude, don’t be such a Drake.

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