Drake is breaking his silence on the fatal shootings at his OVO festival afterparty on August 3 that claimed the lives of Ariela Navarro-Fenoy, 26, and Duvel Hibbert, 23.

The “Charged Up” said he followed his heart and decided to speak out about the escalating violence in his city against the advice of his advisors.

Drake wrote, “It’s tough in situations like this where there’s a tragedy and I consider the advice of my trusted advisors and counsel who worry that anything I might say could be misinterpreted. However, today I am choosing to follow my heart. I am plagued and pained by the violence that continues to escalate in our city.”

Read his full message on page 2.