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OTRC: Drake issues apology over Rolling Stone - Philip Seymour Hoffman issue

Drake appears at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 21, 2013. / Philip Seymour Hoffman appears a February 2014 cover of Rolling Stone. (Lionel Hahn/AbacaUSA/startraksphoto.com / Rolling Stone)

Drake has issued an online apology after criticizing Rolling Stone magazine for allegedly bumping him off its cover in favor of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died almost two weeks ago.

The 27-year-old Canadian rapper, whose real name is Audrey Drake Graham, had ranted about the matter on Twitter on Thursday. The magazine ran a story about him that day. Drake had also ranted about a quote in which he criticizes a line from Kanye West's "I'm in It" single. He maintained he never said it, while Rolling Stone stood by the article's accuracy. (Read the Rolling Stone story. (Warning: Article contains uncensored expletives). The rapper later deleted his tweets.

On Friday, Feb. 14, Drake posted a new message on his blog, under the headline "Tough Day At The Office."

"I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman," Drake said.

The rapper called Hoffman, an Oscar-winning star who was found dead at age 46 on Feb. 2 after an apparent drug overdose, "one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication," adding that his "frustration stemmed from the way it was executed."

"The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable (on the magazines behalf), but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating," he added. "They ran the issue without giving me a choice to be in it or not. I would have waited until it was my time because I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose but I just wasn't given that option and that made me feel violated."

"I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment," Drake said. "I am still the same person. Today I was forced out of my character and felt the need to react swiftly."

Drake was criticized by many on Twitter over his Rolling Stone tweets, while many of his 14.2 million followers posted supportive messages.

"I once again apologize to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way," Drake said in his blog post. "I respect Rolling Stone for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover. I guess this is a day to learn and grow."

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