Drake has found himself in hot water after using a photo of actress Halle Berry on the cover art of his latest single, “Slime You Out,” featuring singer SZA. Berry alleges that she turned down his request to feature her on the cover, yet he still went ahead and used the photo anyway.
After setting the internet on fire with a surprise collaboration, featuring SZA, Drake has found himself in more hot water. Halle Berry alleges that Drake approached her, asking for permission to use an image of her getting “slimed” at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards as the cover art for “Slime You Out.”
She explicitly turned down his request, yet he still went ahead and used the photo anyway. On September 15, the actress took to Instagram to express her frustration:
“Sometimes you have to be the bigger guy even if you’re a woman.”
In response to a question on why she was upset, Berry explained that Drake asked her permission and she denied it, making his use of the photo disrespectful and uncool.
When someone in the comment section asked her “Why you mad?” if the photo was owned by Getty Images and Berry responded “Cuz he asked me and said NO that’s why. Why ask if you intend to do what you want to do! That was the f*ck you to me. Not cool, you get it?”
Users on X quickly caught wind of the controversy and started commenting on Berry’s post.
One user suggested that Berry should sue Drake for his blatant disregard of her wishes, saying, “Sue him at this point because he tried to play in your face.” Another user expressed no surprise, stating, “Are we even surprised that Drake would do something like this?”
The unauthorized use of Berry’s photo adds to the publicity of the release of Drizzy’s upcoming album, For All The Dogs, where “Slime You Out” was expected to feature. Consequently, Drake has decided to push the album’s release date from September 22 to Friday, October 6.
Updated By: Chris Samuel (9/18/23 at 3:21 pm)
Drake and SZA have set the internet on fire with their recent identical social media posts, hinting at an upcoming musical collaboration between the two artists. With their history as former flames, the anticipation is high for the musical reunion between these two talented artists.
On September 13, Drake and SZA shared the same album cover photo on their respective Instagram accounts, sparking speculation among fans about a potential joint project.
Drizzy took to Instagram to share an intriguing album cover photo featuring actress Halle Berry getting slimed at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. The image was accompanied by a shocked emoji and a green heart emoji, where the “Snooze” singer added to the speculation by sharing the same album cover photo on her Instagram account.
SZA’s caption included emojis depicting throwing up, blushing, and looking eyes, adding to the mystery surrounding the collaboration. Fans were immediately buzzing with excitement, eagerly awaiting more details.
According to Uproxx, rumors are swirling that the highly-anticipated single will be released on Friday, September 15. During his It’s All A Blur tour stop in Austin on Monday, September 11, Drake gave his audience a tantalizing hint, stating:
“I know y’all are excited to hear the album. I know it’s like two weeks out, but I’m gonna drop a song this week – just to let you know what’s up.”
The news of the two former lovebirds’ collaboration has excited fans because of their shared musical talents and history as former romantic partners. In October 2020, SZA addressed her dating history with the Canadian sensation on Twitter.
Responding to a claim that they dated in 2008, she clarified:
“So It was actually 2009 lol… in this case, a year of poetic rap license mattered lol. I think he just innocently rhymed 08 w wait. Anybody who really knows me and was around during this time can confirm… it’s all love all peace.”
SZA’s 2020 tweet also refers to Drake’s lyric in the 21 Savage song “Mr Right Now,” which mentions their past relationship:
“Yeah, said she wanna f*ck to some SZA, wait,” Drake raps. “‘Cause I used to date SZA back in ’08.”
In addition to the collaboration, Drake has also announced his upcoming 8th studio album, For All The Dogs, which is set to release on September 22.
In the world of musical collaborations, Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B recently teamed up for their latest joint effort called “Bongos.” The dynamic duo wowed audiences with their performance at the 2023 VMAs, leaving fans excited for what the future holds for these two powerhouse artists.
Originally Written By: Yasmine Duhé