Drake has removed tweets he posted Thursday calling the press "evil" and criticizing Rolling Stone magazine over an interview with him in its new issue.
"I'm done doing interviews for magazines," the rapper, 27, said in the remaining tweet. "I just want to give my music to the people. That's the only way my message gets across accurately."
The interview quotes Drake saying Kanye West's most recent album, "Yeezus," contains "some real questionable bars on there. Like that 'Swaghili' line?" a reference to a word coinage in the song "I'm In It." "Come on, man. Even Fabolous wouldn't say some (expletive) like that," he declared, referring without explanation to the Brooklyn rapper and two-time Grammy nominee.
Drake, not denying he made the remark, nonetheless tweeted that he "never commented on 'Yeezus' for my interview portion of Rolling Stone."
He also complained that Rolling Stone "also took my cover from me last minute," referring to the magazine's decision to put actor Philip Seymour Hoffman on the cover. Hoffman died unexpectedly Feb. 2 of an apparent drug overdose. "RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman," Drake continued. "All respect due. But the press is evil."
"We stand by our reporting," a Rolling Stone spokeswoman told Newsday, noting, "We often make cover decisions based on breaking news -- we had a Lou Reed cover after he passed."
The article, by Rolling Stone contributing editor Jonah Weiner, places Drake's criticism in the context of what the writer calls "a bedrock of deep respect," quoting Drake as saying, "Kanye's the reason I'm here. I love everything about that guy."