Drake brought out an ancient picture of Halle Berry from the Kid's Choice Awards to assist in the marketing of his most recent collaboration with SZA, "Slime You Out."
On Wednesday, September 13, Drake uploaded the cover of his new single through his Instagram page ".
Drake opted for a snapshot of Berry, 57, drenched in slime during the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards as the cover art. He also included a "Parental Advisory Explicit Content" sticker at the bottom. Later that Wednesday, SZA reposted the album art, and the song was made available on September 15.
In the comments section, a fan posed a question to the Oscar winner, inquiring her opinion of Drake utilizing her image to market his single.
Berry responded to the post, expressing her disappointment that Drake had used the photo without her permission. Berry accused Drake of not seeking her permission for something and expressed her dissatisfaction. Drake, however, has chosen not to publicly respond to her accusations.
The controversy comes just days before the release of Drake's new album, For All the Dogs. The LP, which features artwork drawn by Drake's son, Adonis, was originally scheduled to drop on September 22 but has been pushed back to October 6. Drake explained on Instagram that he is still working on completing the album and didn't want to cancel any shows to do so.
Drake's music has been a cause for controversy before. Earlier this year, he faced legal action from Ghanaian musician Obrafour, who sued him for $10 million. Obrafour claimed that Drake used his song "One Ohene (Remix)" without permission in his track "Calling My Name." Obrafour stated that he never responded to Drake's email requesting to sample his song, which was released in 2003. The lawsuit is currently in progress, and Drake has not made any public statements regarding the matter.