Legal docs obtained and viewed by Complex allege the duo misled fans into believing the magazine would drop a special edition.
Condé Nast, which owns Vogue, claims that neither the publication nor it’s Editor-and-Chief Anna Wintour, who Drizzy initially thanked online for approving the fake covers, “have not endorsed” the album “in any way,” and asked both rappers and their teams to remove all promos using the Vogue name.
Condé Nast is asking a judge to cease the duo’s use of the Vogue name immediately and is asking for $4 million in damages.
“Me and my brother on newsstands tomorrow,” Drizzy initially wrote of the Vogue covers on Instagram back in October. “Thanks @voguemagazine and Anna Wintour for the love and support on this historic moment Her Loss Nov 4th.”
Rolling Stone journalist Simon Vozick-Levinson was the first to debunk the claim, tweeting photos of the inside of the magazine, and writing: “A street teamer just handed me a copy of this. it’s not a real magazine – it’s a photoshopped version of Vogue‘s October issue with a bunch of promo art for 21 and Drake’s new album. pretty funny stunt.”
The fake Vogue cover was the first part of an extensive rollout for 21 and Drizzy’s new album, which included a promotional for a fake Tiny Desk concert, and a fraudulent Howard Stern interview, where both rappers spoke about their porn preferences and other obscene topics.
Complex has reached out to Drake’s representative for further comment.