Pusha T’s Photo of Drake In Blackface Removed By Social Media
The excitement that the recent rounds of this ‘Pusha T vs Drake’ rap feud has been highly entertaining for hip hop fans. The rap battle ignited with the release of Pusha T’s “Infrared.” On the Kanye West song, the ‘Mr. Me Too’ rapper tossed bars at Baby, Lil Wayne and Drake.
Listen to Infared below.
We have already seen that Drake is competitive and ‘battle tested’. The ‘0 to 100’ rapper responded in 24 hours with the scathing ‘Duppy Freestyle.’ On the diss track, the Canadian recording artist questioned Pusha T’s ‘celebrated’ drug dealing resume.
Listen to Drizzy’s “Duppy Freestyle” below.
However, the mentioning of Pusha T’s fiance, Virginia Williams on Drake song, clearly touched a nerve in the G.O.O.D. Music rapper.
Pusha T pulled no punches when he responded with a highly anticipated, super disrespectful battle verse. The song seemingly came out of nowhere. “Story of Adidon” featured an authentic photo of Drake circa 2008 in blackface.
Listen to the track below.
Pusha T even referenced it in the song saying,
Confused, always thought you weren’t black enough/Afraid to grow it’cause your ‘fro wouldn’t nap enough.
However, just like Remy Ma’s “Shether” the photo was pulled from many websites because the proper clearances were not obtained. The original photographer, David Leyes, did not approve the use of the damaging image. According to Leyes, who responded to a comment about the photo on Twitter,
For sure I took it! I’m proud to be part of a strong statement made by a black man about the f*cked up culture he is living in.
Leyes has since deleted the tweet. The photo was originally used as part of a promotion for a clothing line called Jim Crow Couture from Canadian fashion label Too Black Guys. Leyes’ website has since crashed, due to a larger than usual amount of traffic.
Leyes also asked Pusha T’s manager to have the artist to remove the image “ASAP” in a now deleted tweet.
The photo Pusha T posted has now been removed by Instagram.