One of the most shocking aspects of Pusha-T’s hard-hitting Drake diss track, “The Story of Adidon”, was its artwork - a photo showing the Toronto rapper in blackface.
On the track, King Push took shots at Drake, saying Drizzy always felt he “weren’t black enough.” The G.O.O.D. Music president also took to Twitter to state that the photo is, in fact, real. Both the track and the photo got the internet up in arms and caused many to ponder why Drake would ever pose in blackface.
Now Drake has responded to the controversy via an Instagram story, explaining that the photograph was for a “project that was about young black actors struggling to get roles, being stereotyped and type cast.” The rapper added, “Me and my best friend at the time Mazin Elsadig […] were attempting to use our voice to bring awareness to the issues we dealt with all the time as black actors at auditions.”
Check out Drake’s statement in full below.
Too Black Guys, the brand Drake was apparently wearing in the photoshoot, gave a statement to Complex, which you can read below.
“The photo in question was not from a Too Black Guys photoshoot however it did feature clothing from Too Black Guys’ JIM CROW COUTURE/HOUSE OF CROW collection which was released in 2008. The collection featured several graphics that highlighted the painful and dangerous period of the Jim Crow Era. Too Black Guys has a history of representing the black experience in an unapologetic way. Although this was not an image from any of our photoshoots, we feel that Drake, who is a long- time friend of the brand, was brilliantly illustrating the hypocrisy of the Jim Crow Era. The subtleties of Drake, a young black man, mimicking how white men used to mimic and dehumanize black people may be lost in a rap battle but we should not be distracted from the issues that are still affecting our communities.”
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Next, check out our brief history of the Pusha-T vs. Drake beef here.