As the feud between Pusha T and Drake continues to heat up (here’s a quick recap), the two rappers have now released songs that include taking shots at family members, friends with chronic diseases, and possible secret babies. Then there’s the blackface image of Drake. While the Toronto rapper has yet to comment on many of Pusha T’s allegations, he is now addressing the blackface image of himself.
On Tuesday, Pusha T released his second Drake-directed diss track “The Story of Adidon,” where he raps about Drake’s father (“Dennis Graham stay off the gram, bitch I’m on one”) and Drake’s close friend and producer Noah “40” Shebib, who suffers from multiple sclerosis (“OVO 40, hunched over like he 80, tick, tick, tick,” and “How much time he got? That man is sick, sick, sick”).
Charming, we know.
Upping the ante on the Worst-o-Meter, Pusha T also used an image of Drake in blackface as the cover artwork for “The Story of Adidon,” likely hoping to embarrass the Canadian musician even further.
Please stop referring to this picture as “artwork”…I’m not an internet baby, I don’t edit images…this is a REAL picture…these are his truths, see for yourself https://t.co/gd6vRS3HM8 pic.twitter.com/2el58HEZ8F
— King Push (@PUSHA_T) May 30, 2018
Now Drake has responded to the artwork, taking ownership of the image and revealing that being photographed in blackface was his idea and something he did years ago to bring a larger awareness to the lack of roles for black actors. Posting a message on his Instagram Story late Wednesday night, Drake clarified the origin of the image in hopes of putting an end to the ‘circus’ of information swirling around the internet.
Taken back in 2007 when Drake was still starring as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Drake says that the image was meant to convey the added difficulty of being a black actor, noting that not much has changed in the almost 200 years since blackface first started appearing in American theatre.
Working with photographer David Leyes, Drake did the photoshoot with his friend and Degrassi co-star Mazin Elsadig, who played Damian Hayes on the Canadian series. “The photos represented how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment. [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,” writes Drake.
Drake speaks on “blackface” photos circulating. pic.twitter.com/y3SrOl9DcQ
— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) May 31, 2018
This isn’t the first controversial image Pusha T has used to support his latest album, Daytona. Produced by Kanye West, the album artwork for Daytona is an image of Whitney Houston’s drug-filled bathroom. The picture was snapped the night Houston died, with West paying $85,000 for the image earlier this month.
Pusha T may have released the best album in years, but taking down other people along the way just to get publicity has us pushing the ‘skip’ button on this one.