Heard on the Street: Drake Explains Blackface Photo Used in Rap Beef

"I know everyone is enjoying the circus but I want to clarify this image in question.

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. The photos represented how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment. Me and my best friend at the time Mazin Elsadig who is also an actor from Sudan were attempting to use our voice to bring awareness to the issues we dealt with all the time as black actors at auditions. This was to highlight and raise our frustrations with not always getting a fair chance in the industry and to make a point that the struggle for black actors had not changed much."

-- Drake explains why his rap nemesis Pusha T was able to get his hands on a photo of Drake in Blackface. Pusha used the photo as cover art for his Drake diss track, "The Story of Adidon." On the song, Pusha accuses his foe of fathering an illegitimate child and fires at Drake's producer for having multiple sclerosis. Obviously, their beef has gotten quite ugly. Many assumed the lost image was from a Toronto fashion brand photo shoot, but Drake says the image has more nobler origins.

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