The back-and-forth between Drake and Pusha T, who've gifted the world the best rap beef of the year, has reached the press release stage. On Wednesday, a day after Pusha ripped Drake to shreds in “The Story of Adidon,” the 31-year-old Canadian superstar put out a statement addressing none of the lines in the song, but the blackface photo used for the cover art.
Drake explained in the statement that the photo was taken in 2007 by photographer David Leyes and it was meant to make a point about racial bias.
“The photos represented how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment,” he wrote. “[We] 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.”
The image of a young Aubrey Graham in blackface was pulled down from Instagram hours after Pusha posted it.
The world is still waiting for Drake to hit back at the many other disses in the “The Story of Adidon," which include shots at his parents, slights against Drake's blackness and repeating the rumor that Drake has a child with former porn star Sophie Brussaux and the allegation that he's not taking care of the kid. Here's the relevant excerpt from the song:
Since you name-dropped my fiancée
Let ‘em know who you chose as your Beyoncé
Sophie knows better, ask your baby mother
Cleaned her up for IG, but the stench is on her
A baby’s involved, it’s deeper than rap
We talkin’ character, let me keep with the facts
You are hiding a child, let that boy come home
Deadbeat mothafucka playin’ border patrol, ooh
Adonis is your son
And he deserves more than an Adidas press run, that’s real
Love that baby, respect that girl
Forget she’s a pornstar, let her be your world (yuugh)
While Drake hasn't addressed this particular bit, TMZ reports that Pusha's description of Drake as a deadbeat dad may not be accurate.
Sources close to Drake tell us the rapper's been cutting checks to ensure Sophie Brussaux -- the woman Pusha T claims Drake has a secret son with -- lives comfortably. We're told Drake's been supporting Sophie since she gave birth, and just before that as well.
This whole saga, which goes all the way back to 2006, flared up again on May 25, when Pusha's album Daytona was released and the track "Infrared" included a jab at Drake for using a ghostwriter. Drake responded with his own diss track that took shots at Pusha and Kanye West, his longtime GOOD Music collaborator.
Drake ends the track saying that he's got an invoice on the way for helping Pusha and Kanye sell more records. The he delivered it.
The invoice is fake but the sentiment behind it is real. Drake has no doubt helped Pusha sell records, and with an album coming out next month, he's probably helped himself do the same.