Drake responds to blackface controversy
DRAKE has hit back after a photo was released online of the rapper in blackface.
In the latest escalation of their rap beef, Pusha T released a dis track called The Story Of Adidon which featured the 2007 image of Drake on its cover.
In the song, Pusha T mocked Drake's producer who has multiple sclerosis and accused the rapper of having a secret love child with a porn star.
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) 30 May 2018
Pusha T tweeted that the photo of Drake in blackface was genuine and had been taken by photographer David Leyes.
Soon fans were questioning whether the image was taken as part of a 2008 photoshoot for clothing line Too Black Guys, which was themed "Jim Crow Couture", Billboard reported.
Drake then addressed the controversy on Instagram, explaining that the photo was "not from a clothing brand shoot or my music career".
"This was not from a clothing brand shoot or my music career. 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," he wrote.
"The photos represented how African-Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment."
The feud dates back to 2006, when Drake's mentor Lil Wayne wore clothing in a magazine shoot usually worn by Pusha T's hip hop duo Clipse, the New York Post reports.
Since then Drake and Pusha T have exchanged multiple barbs in their song, with Drake releasing dis track Duppy Freestyle last week.