DRAKE’s Back Business Makes Front Page News

2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals  For a guy that treads lightly in public…and when in public; looks, smiles, and seems like all is well-according to reports leaking out about him-everything is all but [well].

If you remember the fiasco mid-February (where Rolling Stone had done an interview with rapper Drake and quite a few things got in the mix–and mixed stuff up), the guy was…drake_ _ …not exactly “misquoted” but…let’s just say the context with which his response was edited, was edited such that—the way the snippets of the interview were sent across the Internet, it could have cause some problems between Yeezy (who just a couple months prior, ordained Drake “Rap God”) and as well, it could have very well caused a riff between he and rapper Fabolous too.

To add insult to (what could have been) injury; to Drake’s understanding, debonair Drake was supposed to be pictured

hoffman and drake …parlaying at the table in a blue robe in front of his big ‘ole pool-dining on eggs over easy but…that went sunny side up.

Instead of Drake gracing the cover, Rolling Stone replaced it with a cover of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who had died from a drug overdose probably a week before all this.

Gossip spread (about the edited snippets) and at that very same time he learned that he was not going to be on the front cover, he sent tweets about both mix-ups that were beyond his control (and knowledge):


Needless to say, by next morning when all had simmered down, Drake took to his blogspot and apologized (to Rolling Stone/for his tweets):


Tough Day At The Office

With today being the 5th anniversary of So Far Gone I figured it’s fitting to return to it’s place of its origin in order to clear the air about an extremely emotional day. I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication. My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed. The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable (on the magazines behalf), but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating. They ran the issue without giving me a choice to be in it or not. I would have waited until it was my time because I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose but I just wasn’t given that option and that made me feel violated. I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment. I am still the same person. Today I was forced out of my character and felt the need to react swiftly. These days are the worst ones. Waking up after a great night in the studio and it’s your day to be picked apart. After dwelling on it for a few hours or days you will come to the conclusion that you brought it on yourself almost every time. So here I am having that moment. I once again apologize to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way. I respect Rolling Stone for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover. I guess this is a day to learn and grow. 
The Boy


I never picked up the magazine or followed up, so I can’t say for certain who won the battle of the front cover (between Hoffman and Drake), but I did find this out:

Drake parted ways with his Hollywood P.R firm “ID” as a result of the big mess/misunderstanding/miscommunication (whichever you wish to call it. I’m sure each side has a word for it).

Well, out here in the media and blog world, we just call it a fiasco.

drake-file-photo-from-december-2010 And as a result of this fiasco, Drake and ID’s relationship went bust.

  drake_ Wait…There’s more:

According to Page Six, there’s been a lot brewing behind the scenes of the rapper and other reps and agencies working for him. Drake and Hollywood Agency ICM Partners + another of his former P.R firms: The Chamber Group have been at odds.

drake2 According to Billboard (who reported this information this past Friday) ID dropped the “Started from the Bottom” rapper after that rant over Twitter-despite the cleanup and after one day and a clear head. But that didn’t go over to well with ID who from the reports stated that was the “last straw” considering the fact that Drake hadn’t shown up for several other magazine shoots and television appearances arranged by the firm leaving a bad taste in the mouths of editors and television execs pointing the finger at drake-v-magazine-01Drake’s management team [quote] “composed of cronies from his hometown of Toronto who call themselves ‘October’s Very Own’.” [unquote]

A source is quoted as saying: “It’s a shame that someone with so much talent is surrounded by kids who are burning bridges left and right.”

For the record, ID also represents industry heavyweights like Alicia Keys and Ben Stiller says the source.

drake__ Well Tinseltown is spreading the word about ole Drakey boy–leaking it out that his split from The Chamber Group was less than stellar as well. They are reporting that Drake got into an ugly screaming match with a female publicist and ordered her out of the same elevator that he was riding in [at New York’s London/NYC Hotel].

It is being reported that the rapper left ICM in late 2011 to joing WME after growing frustrated that the firm only brought him urban movie roles to consider (as opposed to mainstream films). However, ICM asserts they got Drake a role in the Richard Gere Wall street thriller called “Arbitrage” and he committed, then backed after signing a contract.

ID issued a statement: “Drake is an incredibly talented artist, and we’re proud of our results for [his new album] ‘Nothing Was the Same’ and ‘Would You Like a Tour? We wish him the best.”

For the Record:

“Nothing Was The Same” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Oct. 1 with sales of 658,000 copies and reportedly was his best first week ever. It went platinum a month later. In its 16th week on the chart, the album slipped to No. 22. “Take Care” bowed at No. 1 in 2011 with 631,000 copies sold, while full-length debut album “Thank Me Later” (2010) entered at No. 1 with 447,000 copies sold.

With regard to ID firm, it was reported that earlier this week that “Glee” star Lea Michele left after 10 years for publicist Jill Fritzo at PMK BNC . Their clients include Selena Gomez and Michael Strahan.

Our source contacted Drake’s rep Oliver El-Khatib who didn’t get back to them.

Stick a fork in it


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