"You are silent on all black issues."
After Drake explained the surfaced photo of himself in blackface Wednesday night, Pusha T has questioned the rapper's claim that the shoot was done as a comment on racism in the entertainment industry. "You are silent on all black issues, Drake," Pusha said in an interview with Big Boy on Los Angeles’ Real 92.3 Thursday morning, as pointed out by Pitchfork. "You don't stand for nothing, you don't say nothing about nothing."
According to Drake's statement, the photo dates back to 2007. "[It was] 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 represented how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment," he wrote. However, Pusha T, who brought the photo to light when he released his diss track "The Story of Adidon," is hesitant to believe the intention the Toronto rapper expressed. "You have all the platform in the world. You were so passionate back then?" he said. "No you weren't. That's number one. That's what I know."
Drake's message also debunked reports that the shoot was done in promotion of the clothing line Too Black Guys, whose shirt he is wearing in the pictures. Too Black Guys founder Adrian Aitcheson released his own statement earlier this week. "Although this was not an image from any of our photoshoots, we feel that Drake, who is a long- time friend of the brand, was brilliantly illustrating the hypocrisy of the Jim Crow Era," wrote Aitcheson. "The subtleties of Drake, a young black man, mimicking how white men used to mimic and dehumanize black people may be lost in a rap battle but we should not be distracted from the issues that are still affecting our communities."
Pusha T and Drake have been exchanging diss tracks over the days following Pusha's "Infrared" from his new album DAYTONA, which resurfaced ghostwriting allegations against Drake. Drake responded with "Duppy Freestyle," which was followed by Pusha's "The Story Of Adidon." Drake has yet to address Pusha's claims that he has been "hiding" a son allegedly born to Sophie Brussaux.