The cover image for Pusha-Ts's song "The Story of Adidon" is staggering: a photo of a young Aubrey Graham, better known as Drake, in a black face with a big grin.
The image that accompanied the latest musical Volley in a constant backlash between the rappers, was an effective piece of opposition research, allowing fans to try to discuss their legitimacy and determine their origins.
After 24 hours of memes and speculations, Drake faces a tearing track that challenges his authenticity, attacks his friends and family and insists that he hid a secret child ̵
"I know everyone enjoys the circus, but I want to challenge that image," Drake wrote on his iPhone app on Wednesday night. "This picture is from 2007, a time in my life where I was an actor working on a project involving young black actors struggling to play roles, being stereotyped." (Onscreen, Drake is best known for his role in the Canadian teen soap Degrassi.
Mr Leyes, who did not respond to a request for comment, wrote on that the image was Drake & # 39; s idea and that he is "proud to be part of a strong statement of a black man" about the culture he has lives in.
Drake was also supported by the Toronto fashion brand Too Black Guys . While some thought Blackface was part of an ad campaign for the satirical Jim Crow Couture / House of Crow collection that Drake wears in the photos, Adrian Aitcheson, founder of Too Black Guys, said in a statement, "Although that was not a picture from one of our photo shoots, we believe that Drake, a longtime friend of the brand, brilliantly illustrated the hypocrisy of the Jim Crow era. "
" The subtleties of Drake, a young black man "Imitate, like white men black people Imitating and dehumanizing may be lost in a rap fight, but we should not be distracted by the issues that still affect our communities, "he wrote.
Drake's fifth album "Scorpion" will be released in June.