February 13, 2014


Drake's Not Really Feeling Some Recent Kanye & Jay Z Lyrics

Brian Killian/WireImage
Brian Killian/WireImage

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Drake takes light-hearted shots at his friends/competitors Kanye West and Jay Z. In the same interview that found him slamming Macklemore's post-GRAMMY texts to Kendrick Lamar, Drake pokes holes in the lyrics of West and Jay, singling out a line from Kanye's "I'm in It" and Hov's copious art references.

"There were some real questionable bars on [Yeezus]," Drake said. "Like that 'Swaghili' line? Come on, man. Even Fabolous wouldn't say some sh-t like that." Later, while at a Los Angeles art museum, he turned his critiques toward Jay. "Hov can't drop bars these days without at least four art references!" he said. "I would love to collect at some point, but I think the whole rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny." 

All in all, the quotes are illuminating but also rather innocuous. In the same breath that he knocked Kanye's lyrics he said, "Kanye's the reason I'm here. I love everything about that guy." But, anticipating the oncoming storm, Drake took to Twitter this morning to denounce the story, the media and Rolling Stone for replacing his cover story with a piece on late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at the last minute.

In since deleted tweets Drake said,  "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." He continued: "I'm disgusted with that. RIP to Philip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil." In a tweet still live on his profile, he adds that he's done talking to the media: "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 started from the bottom, but the top has its own set of problems.

UPDATE: Drake wrote a blog post late last night regarding Rolling Stone pulling him off the cover.

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 [sic] 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. 


The Boy