Drake

Yesterday, a Rolling Stone profile of Drake went up online, and in that story, he had some not-that-nice things to say about a number of his peers. Macklemore, Kanye West, Jay Z, and Fabolous all probably feel some type of way about the things that Drizzy had to say. And as soon as the article ran, Drake added Rolling Stone to his list of targets. Drake wasn’t thrilled that the magazine quoted his words about Kanye West’s lyrics, but he was more pissed that he’d been bumped from the magazine’s cover to make room for a Philip Seymour Hoffman memorial, and he vented his frustration on Twitter: “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.” Drake was widely and justifiably clowned for all of that, and now he’s issued a sort of non-apology apology on his October’s Very Own blog. Check it out:

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.

Sincerely,

The Boy

(via October’s Very Own)

One day, maybe celebrities will figure out that “I’m sorry if you took my comments the wrong way” does not mean the same thing as “I’m sorry.”

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  1. I, too, want to apologize for my comments in the post about story on Drake’s Rolling Stone Freakout. I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing Drake on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and at the same time, have to question why Rolling Stone couldn’t have averted the problem by delaying Drizzy’s cover for the next issue. Death is a scary thing, and I think a lot of people misinterpreted my comments to be insensitive and unsympathetic in regards to Mr. Hoffman and smoking family members, but I think the say, “I won’t stand by and watch you kill yourself doing that” is something to be considered, which actually come from a place of fear and love.

    Yesterday I was forced into my character and felt the need to react swiftly. These days are the worst ones. Waking up after a terrible night of shoveling a foot of snow, the Americans at the Sochi games continuing to disappoint 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 Phillip Seymore Hoffman and Stereogum for being willing to give a kid from [REDACTED] a shot at the week’s Worst Comments. I guess this is a day to learn and grow.

    Sincerely,

    The _

    • ↑ When you use the proper italic html code on just the magazine title and the entire comment ends up italicized anyway.

      • slope style skiing, yo

        • I didn’t watch last night, admittedly. That’s nice to know, though. I was physically tired and the days’ earlier events had left me feeling emo about the way the competition was going (although, the women are pulling their weight in gold more so than the men, so good on them.)

          • My answer to depression is Grouper, Father John Misty and–depending on the severity–GYBE!

          • Oddly, Eric Church’s “Like a Wrecking Ball” is what’s making the seasonal blues sound better even though it’s a sensual song about bringing the house down with some heated sex.

  2. OK Drake, I forgive you for me taking your comments the wrong way…

  3. “I’m sorry that you guys weren’t smart enough to understand my comments. I don’t take back anything I said, but you guys need to interpret my comments a different way that makes me look better.” – Drake

  4. Either you’re sorry or you’re not, half-assed rationalizations just make it worse (he was “violated”? he was “forced out of” his character? He signs his name “The Boy”? Really???)

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  5. c’mon Drake, “own your shit”!

  6. Pfft. Drake’s apology sounds wack as fuck.

  7. I actually think he comes off looking OK here – composed and sensible. He lost hist shit for a bit yesterday, but now he explains why and he apologizes.

    Sure, fine.

  8. So we took his comments the wrong way? Oh, I guess we’re the ones who should really be apologizing then! That Drake is a class act all the way.

  9. I never really liked Drake but this whole ordeal really makes me like him even less.
    No one misunderstood your comments, they were just plain miserable. Man up, apologize and move on, asshole.

  10. Drake is like if DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince took themselves very seriously and thought they were the champs of Golden Era rap.

  11. Wait, so was the “Swaghili” line in “I’m In It” questionable or not?

    Also: “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…”

    “…it’s fitting to return to its place of origin…”

    Or am I reading that wrong too? Since it’s the 5 year anniversary (WHERE’S THAT ANNIVERSARY STEREOGUM! GAH!) of “So Far Gone” is that sentence supposed to read like he is, indeed, so far gone? Because it’s a sentence with “it’s” used correctly, incorrectly and then two words later correctly but unnecessarily.

    OR AM I INTERPRETING THAT WRONG TOO?!?!

  12. “Started [apologizing] from the Bottom [of my heart]“

  13. Now to start apologizing for that fur coat ‘fore Moz gets up on ya.

  14. jloo  |   Posted on Feb 14th +5

    “I am still the same person”

    BUT I THOUGHT NOTHING WAS THE SAME D:

  15. “Drake, ma bukee, you still have much to learn.” – Kanye

  16. Drake = asshat

  17. Wait… People are mad at Drake for clearing this up and being real about it? Dude is totally right. They should have moved his cover story to a different time instead of what they did. I’m not a fan of dude at all, but he’s not being illogical. They wasted his time, and when you’re big like him, time is lots of money.

  18. Dude, Drake. Just apologize. You don’t have to do a 180 and completely roll over. Now you look like a super douche.

  19. i think the fact he published his apology to rolling stone is wack as fuck

  20. Has the “non-apology apology” ever worked for anyone, ever?

  21. The subtext of Drake’s apology (wherein “Rolling Stone” shall henceforth be referred to as “muhhhfuckas,” and “Drake” shall be referred to as “us”):

    MUHHHFUCKAS NE’ER LOVED US!!! YEAH, MUHHHFUCKAS NE’ER LOVED US!!!!!!

  22. Paranthetical included so that comments are not taken the wrong way.

  23. Social media sucks, i miss the old days where if rappers want to have beef they just shoot each other at The Source Awards

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