Drake has broken his silence on the controversial photo of him in blackface.
The rapper took to his Instagram Stories Wednesday night to address the image used as cover art on Pusha-T’s diss track, The Story of Adidon.
“I know everyone is enjoying the circus but I want to clarify this image in question,” Drake wrote in a lengthy statement.
“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,” he continued.
The God’s Plan rapper said the picture was part of a series developed with his friend Mazin Elsadig.
“The photos represented how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment,” Drake said. “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.”
Drake did not mention Pusha-T by name or refer to his song.
“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 has not changed much.”
Pusha-T responded to Drake’s statement Thursday morning during an interview on Los Angeles radio station, Real 92.3, saying he doesn’t believe the explanation.
“You are silent in all black issues Drake, with a huge platform,” he said.
The two rappers have been trading insults in their ongoing feud.