That photo of Drake in 'black face' is apparently real
As the world awaits Drake's response to Pusha T's diss track, Twitter has been awash with memes and jokes about the whole ordeal. For those of you who are not up to speed, on his latest album, Pusha T called out Drake for using ghostwriters, Drake responded with "Duppy Freestyle" - a diss track aimed at Kanye West and Push.
However, Pusha retaliated with "Story of Adidon" - a diss track in which he essentially ended Drake's entire existence and alleged that the rapper has a son that he refuses to look after.
It would be safe to say that Pusha is firmly in the lead when it comes to the beef, with the Bronx-born MC firing shots off at Drake, his mother Sandi and his father, Dennis. After Drake mentioned Pusha's fiancé, the rapper decided it was fair game to discuss Drake's family life, saying:
"You mention wedding ring like it's a bad thing
"Your father walked away at five, hell of a dad thing
"Marriage is somethin' that Sandi never had, Drake
"How you a winner, but she keep comin' in last place?"
But the 41-year-old wasn't done there. Back in 2017, rumours began circulating that Drake had fathered a child with the former porn star, Sophie Brussaux. While the rapper denied the claims, the pair were pictured getting close in January 2017, around the time that the baby was conceived. Pusha seemed to confirm these rumours, saying:
"Since you name-dropped my fiancée
"Let 'em know who you chose as your Beyoncé
"Sophie knows better, ask your baby mother
"Cleaned her up for IG, but the stench is on her
"A baby's involved, it's deeper than rap
"We talkin' character, let me keep with the facts
"You are hiding a child, let that boy come home"
However, among all the furore of the lyrical content within the diss tracks, one aspect of Story of Adidon went unnoticed: the artwork. The picture that Push used to promote the album featured Drake - a rapper who has maintained a "family friendly" image - doing blackface.
While some people picked up on the image as soon as the track dropped, it's only become a hotly discussed subject as things begin to settle from the initial hype.
Drake is yet to comment on the photograph, which was purportedly taken during a photoshoot with the photographer David Leyes. Leyes' website has since crashed since the song was uploaded, which is more than likely down to the increased traffic of people trying to check that it is legit.
Pusha, for his part, said that the image isn't "artwork" as it's a real picture.
"Please stop referring to this picture as “artwork”...I’m not an internet baby, I don’t edit images...this is a REAL picture...these are his truths, see for yourself."
Leyes has now set his Instagram to private but some eagle-eyed viewers have found screenshots of him suggesting that the photo shoot was Drake's idea.
The photographer has also asked Pusha T's management to remove the photo.
It will be interesting to see how Drake responds to Pusha, who has shocked everyone with just how much dirt he has on the Toronto native. However, with Push claiming that he still has plenty of ammo in his armoury, Drake may be best to leave this one.