Canadian superstar rapper Drake has had a prize dummy spit at "evil" press after Rolling Stone magazine published unflattering comments he made about Kanye West and then replaced him on its cover with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Drake Graham, lashed out in several tweets, most of which he later deleted. Like this gem, posted on Thursday: "They ... took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue."
Yep, that's right "my cover".
Then this, to show apparent sensitivity towards Hoffman's death from a heroin overdose, and to clarify the real issue: "I'm disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil."
The only tweet Drake didn't delete was this promise, posted on Friday morning (Australian time):
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.
The "message" he didn't want to get across was a dig at rap rival and contemporary Kanye's latest album Yeezus, which also surfaced on Twitter ahead of the article's publication: "There were some real questionable bars on there," Rolling Stone reported Drake as saying. "Like that 'Swaghili' line? Come on, man. Even Fabolous wouldn't say some shit like that."
Drake hinted those comments may have been off-the-record, since he didn't deny them outright. "I never commented on [West's album] Yeezus for my interview portion of Rolling Stone."
In response to Drake's tweets, the magazine published the quotes in a wide-ranging interview, with Jonah Weiner, including the criticisms of Yeezus and his praise for the polarising rapper: "Kanye's the reason I'm here. I love everything about that guy."
In the same interview Drake responded to Macklemore's infamous post-Grammy tweet, in which he said the Canadian rapper was "robbed" by not winning the best new artist award. He told Weiner that Macklemore's media message "felt cheap. It didn't feel genuine."
He went on: "I was like, 'You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn't deserve it, go get better - make better music."'
Ultimately it's grist for the American hip-hop mill, which keeps turning on its artists' seemingly never-ending provocations.
- Sydney Morning Herald