Drake may have mocked himself on "Saturday Night Live" as "the saddest boy in all of Canada," but right now he seems like the maddest -- and for the worst imaginable reason.
In a series of tweets, some of which have since been deleted, Drake blasts Rolling Stone for replacing him on the magazine's legendary cover with late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who recently died of a heroin overdose.
The Toronto rapper also denied having dissed Kanye West in the article, which has Drake reportedly saying of the album "Yeezus:" "There were some real questionable bars on there. Like that 'Swaghili' line? Come on, man. Even Fabolous wouldn't say some shit like that."
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.— Drizzy (@Drake) February 13, 2014
I'm disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil.— Drizzy (@Drake) February 13, 2014
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
Drake's inclusion of the phrase "interview portion" could mean that he believed his "Yeezus" comments were off the record. Ironically, a similar situation happened to Drake's tourmate Future during an interview with Billboard, which ran this quote: "Drake made an album that is full of hits but it doesn't grab you. They're not possessive; they don't make you feel the way I do." Future was subsequently kicked off Drake's tour. However, the threat of a $1.5 million lawsuit soon returned him to the bill.
Drake and Kanye were rumoured to have had beef before, but that was quashed in the summer when Kanye was a secret guest for Drake's annual OVO Fest in Toronto. The pair also seemed chummy last December when they performed together at an after party for Kanye's "Yeezus" tour in Toronto.
And speaking of the city, a scan of the not-yet-released article describes the recording process for Drake's Grammy and Juno-nominated album "Nothing Was The Same" during which he rented out four studios here.
"It was a constant factory," he says. Working in his hometown helps ground him, he says, and lends a crucial atmosphere: "Hell must feel like how Toronto feels on any given winter day, and winter lasts seven months. It's my favorite place in the world, but there's this gloomy dark vibe. It produces a certain sound."