Many people, myself included, believed the photo was photoshopped as a further jab of insult and thought nothing of it before listening to the diss.
When Pusha T took to Twitter to confirm that the photo was indeed real and tweeted a link to the photographer David Leyes Website, millions of fans, commentators and media outlets wanted to know why does a photo of Drake in Blackface exist?
Drake posted a response to his IG that he wrote on the iPhone notes app.
“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 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.”
Pusha T said in an interview this morning with Big Boy’s Neighborhood that Drake has never used his platform to speak on Black issues and that he was not convinced with Drake’s response.
“That doesn’t change my view at all… You are silent on all black issues, Drake…. You don’t stand for nothing, you don’t say nothing about nothing.” He continued, “You have all the platform in the world. You were so passionate back then? No you weren’t. That’s number one. That’s what I know.”