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Drake apologizes for Rolling Stone diatribe: “I guess this is a day to learn and grow”

on February 14, 2014, 1:25am

Thursday marked the five-year anniversary of Drake’s debut mixtape, So Far Gone, but the Toronto rapper spent most of the day dealing with the fallout steaming from a Twitter diatribe he made against Rolling Stone. Over the course of three tweets, two of which have since been deleted, Drake voiced his displeasure over the magazine’s decision to bump his cover story at the last-minute. Rolling Stone instead chose to ran a tribute to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Not surprisingly, Drake’s comments generated a firestorm of negative publicity, as many lambasted the rapper for being immature and insensitive.

Overnight Friday, Drake finally attempted to clear the air with a blog posting entitled “Tough Day at the Office”. “I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman,” Drake writes. “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.”

He concluded,  “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.”

Read the statement in full:

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

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Victor’s Entertainment Section – Blog
February 14, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Drake! Here’s a song for you it’s called ‘I Apologize 2U & U2,” its fitting for this situation you find yourself. spotify:track:4RfxIFapd9liFDczEMJlQY

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February 14, 2014 at 11:22 am

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February 14, 2014 at 2:25 am

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