Drake has issued a statement on his Instagram story explaining the image from Pusha T’s diss track to him, where he was seen with his face painted and covered in Black paint.
“This was not from a clothing brand shoot or my music career,” he writes.
“This picture is from 2007, a time in my life where I was an actor and I was working on a project that was about young black actors struggling to get roles, being stereotyped and type cast.
The photos represented how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment.” Find the full statement below.
Drake speaks on “blackface” photos circulating. pic.twitter.com/y3SrOl9DcQ
— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) May 31, 2018
Shortly after releasing his response to Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle,” Pusha tweeted the artwork with a link to photographer David Leyes’ website. “This is a REAL picture… these are his truths, see for yourself,” he said. In a since-deleted tweet, Leyes asked Def Jam’s EVP Steven Victor to “take the Drake photo down asap.”
In “The Story of Adidon,” Pusha alleges that Drake is the father of porn star Sophie Brussaux’s child. He also taunts Drake‘s longtime collaborator Noah “40” Shebib for being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. (The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has since rebuked Pusha’s lyrics.) Drake has yet to respond to Pusha’s claims and insults.
The back and forth between Drake and Pusha started back up when Pusha’s new album Daytona arrived with a subtle Drake diss track called “Infared”).