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Sunday 21 January 2018

Drake 'disgusted' Rolling Stone gave front cover to late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

Drake (left) and the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Drake (left) and the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Having seen the changed cover, Drake took to Twitter to slam Rolling Stone.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead at the age of 46

Kashmira Gander

When Rolling Stone revealed its new cover featuring a portrait of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman on Wednesday, praise poured in from online users for the US magazine’s tasteful tribute.

Rapper Drake, however, was less than pleased with the teaser, and said he was “disgusted” that the fortnightly magazine chose to replace him with a photograph of Hoffman, with“1967-2014” captioned under the deceased actor’s name.

Having seen the changed cover, Drake took to Twitter to slam Rolling Stone.

“They took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue,” he posted on the social media website, adding: “I'm disgusted with that. RIP to Philip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil.”

Drake’s tweets come after Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a suspected drug overdose in early February. His friends and family paid their respects at his funeral last week.

The 'Started from the Bottom' rapper also complained that the magazine published a preview of its upcoming feature with him online, in which he allegedly made negative comments about Kanye West’s latest album Yeezus - remarks he claims were said off the record.

Hoffman made a name for himself in The Big Lebowski
Hoffman made a name for himself in The Big Lebowski
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cooper Alexander Hoffman, Willa Hoffman and Tallulah Hoffman sighting on April 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Sam Rockwell during 24 Hour Plays Benefit in 2002
Elizabeth Banks (L), Liam Hemsworth (2nd L) Jennifer Lawrence (C) and director Francis Lawrence (2nd R) and Phillip Seymour Hoffman (R) arrive at a special screening of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" November 20, 2013 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA
Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Cooper Alexander Hoffman attend the Oklahoma City Thunder vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on December 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Hoffman in his Oscar winning role of Capote
He starred alongside Woody Harrelson in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Philip Seymour Hoffman's Senior Year 1985 yearbook photo
He played Father Flynn in the movie adaptation of Doubt
The actor in The Master

Rolling Stone also reported on comments that Drake made regarding texts between rappers Macklemore and Kendrick Lamar.

After Macklemore and Ryan Lewis controversially won the Best Rap Album award at the Grammys, Macklemore texted Lamar to say: “You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It's weird and sucks that I robbed you," later posting the message on his Instagram.

Lamar replied the duo’s win was: “well deserved”.

Wading into the debate, Drake told the magazine:  “I was like, 'You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. It didn't feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?"

He added:“This is how the world works: He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov [Jay-Z], Kanye and Kendrick.

"Whether people wanna say it's racial, or whether it's just the fact that he tapped into something we can't tap into. That's just how the cards fall. Own your s**t,” he told the publication.

So angered by Rolling Stone’s decisions, the 27-year-old Canadian told his Twitter followers: “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 magazine's front page also caused controversy last year, when it featured a photo of suspected Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a move criticised as being in poor taste.


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