On Thursday, Drake tweeted his frustrations with Rolling Stone magazine for removing him from what would have been his first cover and replacing him with actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died earlier this month. Now, the rapper has apologized for what many felt was an insensitive and immature tweet, in a blog posting entitled “Tough Day at the Office”
“I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman,” Drake wrote on Friday. “My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed. The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable (on the magazine’s behalf), but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating.”
He continues, “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.”
The rapper concluded, “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.”
Although Drake deleted his initial tweets complaining about not being on the cover, as well as being misquoted while discussing Kanye West‘s latest album, Yeezus, the rapper kept the final tweet in that sequence intact. “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,” he wrote.
In other news, February 13 marked the five-year anniversary of the release of Drake’s debut mixtape, So Far Gone, which launched his rap career.