Less than a day after Drake slammed Rolling Stone magazine, which replaced his cover story with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, the rapper took to his old blogspot website to apologize.
In his open letter, “Tough Day at the Office,” Drake agrees with Rolling Stone’s decision to go with the late actor for the cover. He continues to say that it was the publication’s execution that frustrated him. He wished he had a say on whether or not to be in the issue after the decision. Check out the full letter below:
“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.”
Drake’s open letter stems from tweets that he published yesterday morning on which he spoke of his frustration towards Rolling Stone for using a quote from his about Kanye West’s “Yeezus” and also deciding to place Hoffman on the cover instead of him.
He later deleted the tweets, except the one where he says he is “done doing interviews with magazines.”
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.
— Drizzy (@Drake) February 13, 2014