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The rapper released his new song, which marks his first collaboration with SZA and is the first from his upcoming album For All the Dogs, on Friday. The cover of the single features an image of Berry getting slimed at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.
Drake and SZA posted the same single cover on their respective Instagram accounts Wednesday, teasing their upcoming collab without outright saying what it would be or when it would come.
After the single was released, Berry shared an Instagram post of a pink square with the words “Sometimes you have to be the bigger guy…even if you’re a woman!” on it. In the comment section, an artist who goes by “slicartist” asked the actress what her thoughts were about Drake using the photo of her for the single.
“Didn’t get my permission,” she wrote. “That’s not cool I thought better of him !” She then followed up that comment with another one, adding, “hence my post today. When people you admire disappoint you you have to be the bigger person and move on !”
On Saturday, someone else commented on Berry’s post, saying the photo is owned by Getty, and Drake likely got the permission he needed from them and paid the fee.
Berry replied to that person, writing, “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*uck you to me. Not cool You get it? ❤️”
Drake announced the single was coming at his Austin, Texas, tour stop Monday, saying that he knows his fans are excited about the album, which is now set to release Oct. 6, so he wanted to drop a single sooner rather than later.
“What a time, what a time. I appreciate y’all,” he said during the tour stop with 21 Ssavage. “Deeply, by the way, I do. It’s a lot of love.”
“Slime You Out” isn’t the only collab SZA dropped Friday. The singer also released an acoustic take on her hit “Snooze,” featuring Justin Bieber, who just starred in her music video for the original version of the song.
Sept. 17, 2:15 p.m.: Updated with Halle Berry explaining she told Drake he could not use the photo when he asked.
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