Drake Finally Explains That Controversial Blackface Photo
According to Drake, there’s a lot more to the story behind those controversial photos of him than we know. The rapper finally spoke out and addressed the image of himself in blackface that’s currently circulating the interwebs.
The brewing feud between Drake and Pusha T hit an all-time high when Pusha released a responding diss track. The track in question titled “The Story of Adidon” was dropped with a cover photo that made every single person who was following the feud do a major double take.
If you haven’t seen it yet, the track image is of a young Drizzy in blackface while wearing a Jim Crow shirt, which understandably caused quite the commotion on the Internet and needless to say, fans were outraged over the photo. Of course, this wasn’t just something the 31-year-old musician could ignore. The controversy definitely didn’t seem to be dying down any time soon, so Drake did what anyone in his position would do: explain himself to the world.
In a lengthy note shared on his Insta Story, Drake shared his explanation of the image with the world. “I know everyone is enjoying the circus but I want to clarify this image in question,” he wrote. “This was not from a clothing brand shoot or my music career. This picture is from 2007, a time in my life where I was an actor and I was working on a project that was about young black actors struggling to get roles, being stereotyped and typecast. The photos represented how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment. Me and my best friend at the time, Mazin Elsadig, who is also an actor from Sudan, were attempting to use our voice to bring awareness to the issues we dealt with all the time as black actors at auditions. This was to highlight and raise our frustrations with not always getting a fair chance in the industry and to make a point that the struggle for black actors had not changed much.”
So there you have it. The reason behind why Drake decided to partake this photoshoot in 2007 that would later be the center of a wild rap feud. However, the drama didn’t end after the rapper released his statement.
Just hours after Drizzy’s explanation went public, Pusha T decided to give his two cents on the matter. “I don’t believe it at all,” the rapper said of Drake’s statement to Real 92.3. “You are silent on all black issues, Drake, with a huge platform.” Welp, this is definitely one rap feud that isn’t ending anytime soon.