Drake was widely praised for giving away nearly $1 million in his "God's Plan" music video. The video, which premiered last week, follows the Canadian rapper as he gives away cash, scholarships and cars to residents in South Florida.
But not everyone was impressed with Drake's goodwill and generosity.
Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg criticized Drake on the air and on social media. While Rosenberg appreciated the rapper for blessing many, he said the hitmaker used people for self-promotion for a music video.
Rosenberg remarked on the strong emotional reactions in the video, but he called the music video's content "cheap".
"Is it a little bit cheap to use those emotions of, 'Look at this person in need getting something good,' and transfer those emotions onto yourself?" Rosenberg asked. "Because that's what the video does."
On Thursday, Rosenberg explained that he got a phone call from Drake who was not happy.
The radio jock said Drake was furious with him for his constant criticism even when he does something positive for people.
"I've never heard his Canadian accent that strongly," said Rosenberg. "Drake yelled. He was very passionate."
"He was very angry, saying, 'I don’t understand how I could do something so positive and you could find a way to make it negative,'" Rosenberg continued. "He also asked me, ‘What is your problem with me?' He was basically like, 'Enough is enough, what is your problem with me? How do you make this a negative thing? I did something so positive.'"
Drake said his mother called him to say she saw Hot 97's "very troubling" video on the Internet.
"I could hear in his voice that this was very clearly the most important thing that he's ever done," Rosenberg said. "He was clearly very affected by doing something so good for people. He meant it so sincerely. It made me feel terrible. I was like, 'Damn, you think I'm a bad person.' As the conversation went on, he clarified he doesn't think that. But in the moment, he was like, 'Bro, come on man, I did something good and you hated on it.'"
Drake was also offended that Rosenberg said the music video was staged.
"He told me very specifically about some of the people in the video and why it was those people and the process of how much work they had to do to give away the money," Rosenberg added. "He was basically saying, 'You would be surprised about how hard it is to just go and give away some money and how much we had to do to do this.'"