Drake Says Blackface Photo Was Commentary on Hollywood Stereotypes

Calling into The Breakfast Club this morning (May 30), Pusha-T unpacked "The Story Of Adidon" and the artwork.

Adrian Aitcheson: The photo in question was not from a Too Black Guys photoshoot however it did feature clothing from Too Black Guys' JIM CROW COUTURE/HOUSE OF CROW collection which was released in 2008. There, he expressed concerns over the image, and suggested that he was aware of the photo ahead of recording DAYTONA closer, "Infrared".

However, Drake has now broken his silence on the photo, and explained the concept behind the shoot.

The company, which prides itself in representing the black experience in an "unapologetic way", claims that it was taken out of context and is actually part of a two-photo set representing the "powerful duality" on race in art. 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 typecast. According to The Blast, the shoot was for a Toronto clothing brand called Too Black Guys and their streetwear line Jim Crow Couture.

Drake says he and a friend, who's also black, were trying to bring attention to the issues they faced during auditions, and their "frustrations with not always getting a fair chance in the industry".

2007 marks Drake's final year as a cast member on the television series Degrassi. He had also appeared in roles for TV shows including Soul Food, Blue Murder, Instant Star, and others.

The song, which alleges Drake is hiding a son from the public eye, accuses him of being a deadbeat father, and mocks his collaborator Noah "40" Shebib's multiple sclerosis, was accompanied by an image of the Canadian donning blackface.

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