Drake & Too Black Guys Founders Respond To Blackface Photoshoot
Pusha T caused a commotion after using an old photo of Drake in blackface for his cover artwork. Now, both Drake and clothing company Too Black Guys respond.
To say that it “stirred up controversy” is putting it lightly.
The internet exploded as responses from fans, detractors, curious onlookers all wondered what Drake was doing and why was he doing it. With social media investigations proceeding into the matter, it became apparent that Blackface Drake was a real thing. Shot in 2007-2008 by Toronto photographer David Leyes, Drake actually engaged in the photo shoot, wearing a Jim Crow shirt made by a clothing company called Too Black Guys.
The company’s founder Adrian Aitcheson explained to Pigeons & Planes via email that while Drake was wearing clothing from their line, Too Black Guys were not behind the photoshoot. “The collection featured several graphics that highlighted the painful and dangerous period of the Jim Crow Era,” Aitcheson said, speaking on the goal of the Jim Crow Couture line itself. Too Black Guys has been a part of hip-hop couture for more than two decades. In Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love” video, she wears a jersey which prominently bears the company’s signature.
Below, you can read the company’s full statement.
here’s Too Black Guys, the Canadian streetwear brand Drake is wearing in the blackface photos, on those blackface photos… pic.twitter.com/IJ5SzizaSz
— Joe Coscarelli (@joecoscarelli) May 31, 2018
According to the OVO Sound head honcho, Drake hasn’t shied away from the photo in the least. Instead, he provides full context of where the image came from and why he was involved in the photoshoot. Releasing a statement via his Instagram page, Drake writes, “This was not from a clothing brand shoot or my music career. This picture is from 2007, 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 typecast. The photos represented how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment.”
You can read his full statement below.
Drake finally gives an explanation for that blackface image… pic.twitter.com/XrXLrQChTf
— Martha Tesema (@martesema) May 31, 2018
What is your opinion about what Too Black Guys and Drake said to explain this startling imagery?