Drake Comments on Controversial Blackface Image

Source: Instagram screenshot Pusha T's "The Story of Adidon"

Source: Instagram screenshot Pusha T’s “The Story of Adidon”

Drake has defended the controversial photoshoot in which he posed in blackface, after his rap nemesis Pusha T leaked the 11-year-old image.

The rapper, 31, used a now-deleted Instagram post to share a lengthy statement on Wednesday, in which he hit back at the resurfaced shot, insisting the shoot, taken during his acting days, was designed to highlight the struggle of African-American stars. The image was used as cover-art for diss track, The Story of Adidon, in which Pusha T also claimed the Canadian star has a love child with a porn star, after which sources alleged to TMZ that Drake is paying support, despite denying paternity.

Dreezy has defended the 2007 images and given a proper explanation:  “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 represent 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 has not changed much.”