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Questlove: 'To Not Postpone Drake's To A Later Issue Is Criminal'

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This controversy isn’t going away! First Drake himself got furious at Rolling Stone for replacing his picture by Philip Seymour Hoffman’s on the cover of their last issue, then, on Valentine’s day, Questlove gave his own opinion about the controversy. In a series of tweets, he clearly expressed his sympathy for Drake, clearly turning the whole thing about bias preference or was he pulling a race card?

‘RS can’t be playing w/someone’s emotions like that. Anytime we given a scrap that is historical’… ‘then they revoke his (@Drake’s) cover like “aint no thing”. I personally live vicariously anytime someone on my side of the fence gets cover’.

And his last one definitively told what he thought: ‘PSH deserves tribute. But to not postpone Drakes to a later issue is criminal. I doubt a non hip hop act would get passed over’.

Criminal? Obviously Questlove feels a strong connection with hip hop artists but the guy has to calm down, this is not a crime. Plus is he even right? I am far from checking who is on the cover of Rolling Stone every month, but I just googled ‘hip hop artists Rolling Stone covers’ and honestly, I can’t say this is a rare occurrence: Notorious BIG, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Jay Z (many times), Lil Wayne, Dr Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Tupac Shakur, RZA, DMX, Rick Ross all had their cover, and Drake will eventually have his Rolling Stone cover! Furthermore, Tupac Shakur got his cover in October 96, shortly after he died (on September 13th 1996), so where is the controversy exactly? It’s very probable that the magazine had other plans when Tupac died and they put him on the cover anyway. Apparently, Rolling Stone didn’t repeat this when Notorious BIG died, but they put him on their cover just last year.

Let’s be honest, we live on the web, magazine covers don’t really matter anymore. If I check Rolling Stone, it is rollingstone.com and I don’t even know who is on the front cover. Now covers are reduced to the size of an avatar on Twitter and there are so many other distractions online that we don’t pay attention. Magazine covers only matter for magazines, and since print versions are all gonna disappear, controversies like this one will soon be laughable.

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