Drake ‘Disgusted’ at Rolling Stone, Which Dropped His Cover Shot for Philip Seymour Hoffman

Last Friday Rolling Stone told Drake and his media team that it would pull his planned cover for one featuring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The corresponding interview/profile, posted today after a teaser, also included some negative comments Drake made about friend and collaborator Kanye West‘s most recent album—quotes he apparently meant to be off the record.

For some reason, however, the rapper didn’t get pissed about it until this morning.

This tweet followed two since-deleted messages:

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

And here’s the Kanye quote from the article:

“There were some real questionable bars on there,” he says. “Like that ‘Swaghili’ line? Come on, man. Even Fabolous wouldn’t say some shit like that.” But Drake says he speaks from a bedrock of deep respect: “Kanye’s the reason I’m here. I love everything about that guy.”

Is this really so bad? We thought it was accepted fact that Kanye’s production skills far outweigh his ability to drop a decent verse. Drake clearly didn’t intend to make light of Hoffman’s death, and he was wise to delete those first two tweets. But this anti-media tirade is the sort of thing you’d expect from people like…oh, we don’t know…Kanye.


“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.'”

Yes, this is TMZ we’re talking about here, so who knows whether anyone actually said that. But come on with the drama.

@PatrickCoffee patrick.coffee@adweek.com Patrick Coffee is a senior editor for Adweek.