It looks as if Drake can now add his name to the list of performers who can be classified as having no class. He let his disappointment and anger get the better of him this week after Rolling Stone magazine apparently replaced him on their cover with the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Instead of taking his disappointment like a professional, he decided to give voice to his discontent via Twitter and, in doing so, joined the ranks of the self-absorbed and the petulant.
"They also took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue," Drake tweeted, Billboard reported Feb. 13. "I'm disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil." He later posted: "I’m done doing interviews for magazines. I just want to give my music to the people. That’s the only way my message gets across accurately."
A backhanded salute to Hoffman, possibly one of Hollywood's most gifted actors of the past quarter-century, cannot hide Drake's contempt for the magazine pulling his cover. But there's no "all due respect" in a tweet that reads like whining about losing a Rolling Stone cover.
And that's not all. Apparently Drake was annoyed with the magazine for also posting an excerpt from an interview where he slights the lyrics of Kanye West.
It might just be coincidence, but the "All Me" rapper has begun to sound a bit like the entertainer he dissed, childishly lashing out because he was pre-empted. West has no problem voicing his disappointments, like when Britney Spears' comeback performance at the Video Music Awards took away his spot as kick-off performer or when his favorite song didn't win and he grabbed the microphone from Taylor Swift to let everyone know just how he felt about it.
We could hope that Drake would make good on his promises (but he'll most likely be another reneging entertainer, like Chris Brown quitting Twitter), then the world wouldn't have to put up with his rants like the one he went on (via Rolling Stone as well) after Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won their Grammy and Macklemore tweeted Kendrick Lamar (also up for Best Rap Album) and let him know that he thought Lamar deserved to win. Drake, who was also up for the award, chose to chastise Macklemore, questioned the posting, and said "this is how the real world works: … You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?"
It is apparent that there was one guy that most certainly wouldn't...
In the end, Rolling Stone's pre-emption of Drake's cover was how the real world works, especially the business of covering entertainment or news in general. A bigger story trumps a smaller one, regardless of plans.
Karma might consider the notion that Drake might be owed a Rolling Stone cover due to the timing issues. But given that he so poorly reacted to the preemption, karma might also consider that the rapper might have to join Phillip Seymour Hoffman to get it.