After taking a beating on social media for complaining that he was bumped from the cover of Rolling Stone in favor of a tribute to late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Drake took to his blog Friday to explain himself.
Under the headline “Tough Day at the Office,” the rapper notes that it’s the fifth anniversary of his career-launching “So Far Gone” mixtape, so it’s “fitting … to clear the air about an extremely emotional day.” He writes:
“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 adds that the change was “completely justifiable” but he has issue about how the magazine handled the decision. He says he would have preferred if the magazine’s editors had given him the choice to hold his feature and the fact he had no say in the matter made him 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.”
“Today I was forced out of my character and felt the need to react swiftly. These days are the worst ones.”
A few sentences later, Drake offers a second apology after first admitting he was wrong to publicly complain about the magazine’s editorial decision. “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,” he explains.
Finally Drake tries to make nice with the magazine, writing, “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.” He signs off, “Sincerely, The Boy.”
Does Drake’s post redeem him from an incredibly clunky moment, or will he forever be tainted for complaining he got bumped from the cover of Rolling Stone in favor of a legendary actor the world is still mourning?