Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West is riding for Drake days after his publicized dispute with Rolling Stone magazine over some behind-the-scenes controversy.
Footage of Mr. West standing up for Drizzy speaking out at a New Jersey concert has started to circulate online this weekend.
“I’m gonna tell you what it is about magazines,” he told the crowd at Prudential Center. “They always be trying to pit ni**as against each other and that ain’t going down no more.” He continued, “So tonight it ain’t none of that. We love Drake. We love every motherfu**er that put their heart into this motherfu**in’ music. If anything, we gon’ go after motherfu**ers writing that negativity. Before they print some sh*t like that, they need to check with me and him and see if it’s OK before they get ran up in their motherfu**in’ office.” (Rap-Up)
Early Thursday (February 13), Drizzy Drake jumped onto Twitter to unleash some fury toward the publication.
“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.,” Drake tweeted February 13.
“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.” (Drake’s Twitter)
Shortly after the rant, Rolling Stone said it never intended to trick Drake about possibly landing on the cover of its new issue.
Drake has no business attacking Rolling Stone or Philip Seymour Hoffman because the magazine gave him advance notice it was dropping him from the cover in favor of PSH. Sources close to Drake tell TMZ the rapper feels like he was “tricked” because … “He only did the interview if he was going to be on the cover.” But we’ve learned Drake was interviewed on January 28, and the photo shoot was also completed before PSH died on Feb. 2. (TMZ)
Drizzy eventually released an open apology and explained where his unexpected rant stemmed from.
“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.” (October’s Very Own)
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