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Drake angry with Rolling Stone

by The Associated Press on February 14, 2014 10:40 AM

NEW YORK — Drake lashed out at Rolling Stone after the magazine replaced him on the cover with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and quoted the rapper criticizing some of Kanye West’s lyrics.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, the Grammy-winning rapper vented his frustrations and said he was “done doing interviews with magazines.”

“I just want to give my music to the people,” he wrote. “That’s the only way my message gets across accurately.”

Other Thursday tweets from Drake, 27, were deleted, including one about his discomfort with Hoffman gracing the cover of Rolling Stone.

“They also took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue. ... I’m disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil,” he tweeted.

In the interview, Drake talks about growing up as a biracial child in Canada, meeting his mentor Lil Wayne and launching a successful career in pop and rap.

Drake also discussed not attending last month’s Grammy Awards, where he lost three rap trophies to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, including best rap album, which Drake won last year. Macklemore & Lewis also beat Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z and Kanye West in the latter category.

Macklemore sent a text to Lamar — and posted the message online — after the awards show, telling Lamar he felt that he had robbed him by winning best rap album.

“I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text messages? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better — make better music,’” Drake said in the interview.

Drake also tweeted Thursday that he never spoke of West’s “Yeezus” album during the interview. Rolling Stone quotes Drake calling some of West’s lyrics “questionable,” along with him saying he “loves” the outspoken rapper.

“I never commented on Yeezus for my interview portion of Rolling Stone,” he tweeted.

Rolling Stone said in a statement to The Associated Press that “we stand by our reporting.”

A representative for Drake didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment.

The new issue of Rolling Stone hits newsstands today.

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NEW YORK — Nicki Minaj has apologized for using a famous photo of Malcolm X with a rifle in his hands and juxtaposing it with a racial slur for her new song.

Minaj posted the photo Wednesday on her website and Instagram page, and received criticism for how she used the Malcolm X image. It’s for her new song “Lookin (Expletive) (Expletive).” The title uses the N-word.

After she was roundly criticized on social media circles and beyond for what many saw as disrespect to a revered icon, she offered an apology Thursday on Instagram to the estate of Malcolm X — who was assassinated 49 years ago this month at age 39. She also said that the song’s artwork “is in no way to undermine his efforts and legacy.”

“That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. This is a conversation. Not a single,” she wrote. “I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. ... I have nothing but respect (and) adoration for u.”

Still, she sounded exasperated that people were even upset over the issue.

“What seems to be the issue now? Do you have a problem with me referring to the people Malcolm X was ready to pull his gun out on as Lookin (expletive expletive)?” the 31-year-old asked in her post. “I am in the video shooting (the song) and there happened to be an iconic photo of Malcolm X ready to do the same thing for what he believed in!!!!”

“Lookin” is a male-bashing song. The photo of Malcolm X holding the rifle was taken when he was trying to protect his family from death threats (his home had been firebombed). Grammy-nominated Minaj said in a radio interview Thursday with Hot 97’s Angie Martinez that she wrote the song to empower women because there are too many songs that attack women.

“It was almost parallel in my opinion because he has this big gun ready to shoot at a lookin (expletive) bleep, and that’s how I looked at it,” she said. “I looked at it as this is one of the most memorable people in our history, in black history, who voiced his opinion no matter what, and I understand how my intent was overlooked and I definitely didn’t want to offend his family or his legacy.”

She added that the song was made “to have fun,” not “to be disrespectful.”

A Change.org petition posted online that encouraged the rapper to change the cover artwork had reached more than 1,500 supporters Thursday evening.

Minaj’s personal representative declined to comment and a rep for her record labels, Republic and Cash Money Records, didn’t return emails seeking comment. A lawyer for Malcolm X’s children also didn’t immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.

The picture was deleted from Minaj’s Instagram account, but was still on her website Thursday. “Lookin” will appear on Minaj’s next album and a compilation album featuring Lil Wayne, Drake and others.

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