Drake lashed out at music publication Rolling Stone after the iconic magazine replaced its Drake cover at the last minute with a tribute cover to Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of a heroin overdose on February 2. Drake criticized Rolling Stone in a series of tweets that were subsequently deleted, but Questlove voiced his support for Drizzy by taking Rolling Stone to task on his own Twitter page.
“Man, @Drake is a better man than i. RS can’t be playing w/ someone’s emotions like that. anytime we given a scrap that is historical,” Questlove tweeted. “No fair RS. do right by @Drake. why y’all acting like cover stories aren’t the stuff thats made of dreams?”
Drake’s initial tweets were an angry reaction to the last-minute change.
“They…took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue,” Drake tweeted. “I’m disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil.”
Drake later issued a statement on his blog, backing off of his initial tone but maintaining that he was left out of the loop regarding the change.
“I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman,” Drake wrote. “He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication. My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed. The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable [on the magazines behalf], but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating. 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.”