‘Not Cool’: Halle Berry Reveals She Declined Drake’s Request to Use Her Photo for His New Single’s Artwork

Drake’s choice to feature an image of the illustrious Halle Berry as the artwork for his new single raised eyebrows and ruffled feathers. Notably, the photo wasn’t just any image, but a snapshot of Berry from the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, drenched in the ceremony’s trademark green slime. But it was the backstory that truly added a layer of tension. The Academy Award-winning actress revealed that the rapper approached her for permission, which she adamantly declined. However, Berry’s protest seemingly fell on deaf ears, as the image was used regardless.

Social Media Fires Back

The uproar was palpable on Instagram. Underneath Berry’s cryptic post about being the ‘bigger person’, an astute fan pointed out the image’s ownership by Getty Images. They insinuated that perhaps Drake had rightfully procured the rights. But Berry was quick to retort, her annoyance clear, “Cuz he asked me and I said NO that’s why…Why ask if you intend to do what you want to do! That was the f— you to me. Not cool.”

This wasn’t an isolated sentiment. Berry further amplified her views by addressing Drake directly, mentioning how his move was both unexpected and disappointing: “Didn’t get my permission. That’s not cool. I thought better of him!”

Unpacking “Slime You Out”

The single in the eye of the storm, “Slime You Out”, is part of Drake’s highly-anticipated LP, For All the Dogs. Besides Berry’s image, another captivating aspect of this single is its collaboration with SZA, known off-stage as Solána Imani Rowe. The track alludes to partners making immature decisions in relationships, a subtle nod to the Nickelodeon theme.

A Creative Shift for Drake?

There’s no doubt that this album era has seen Drake taking intriguing artistic liberties, especially with his album covers. The cover art for For All the Dogs was notably designed by his young son, Adonis, depicting a haunting canine with red eyes set against a stark black background. A distinct shift from his prior works like Honestly, Nevermind and Certified Lover Boy, this latest offering is eagerly awaited by fans.


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For All the Dogs is scheduled for release on streaming platforms come September 22nd, riding on the back of his previous collaboration with 21 Savage titled Her Loss. With all the buzz and anticipation, Drake’s latest musical journey promises to be an eventful one.

Final Thoughts

Amid the swirl of controversy and debate, the underlying theme seems to center around respect, boundaries, and artistic freedoms. As Berry aptly puts it, it’s about “principles and integrity.” Whether it’s the world of music or beyond, honoring choices and understanding remains pivotal. As the days inch closer to the album’s release, the world will undoubtedly be watching, not just for the music, but for the narratives that unfold around it.

Source: People