July 23, 2013


Drake Will Remove J. Cole Autistic Lyric From "Jodeci Freestyle"

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C Flanigan/WireImage

Two days after J. Cole wrote a lengthy, heartfelt blog post apologizing for lyrics on Drake's "Jodeci Freestyle," Drake offered a similar apology and said that the offending lyric would be removed.

On the track, Cole rhymes, "Go check the numbers dummy, that's just me gettin' started/I'm artistic, you n-ggas is autistic, retarded," a line that drew criticism from the autistic community.

On his blog, Drake wrote, "J. Cole wrote a beautiful and moving apology to individuals and families affected by autism who were understandably hurt by a verse in 'Jodeci Freestyle.' I share responsibility and offer my sincerest apologies for the pain this has caused. Individuals with autism have brilliant and creative minds, and their gifts should not be disparaged or discounted.

"This was a learning lesson for both of us, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to try to right this wrong. J. Cole and I believe that it is the right, responsible, and respectful decision to remove the lyric from the song."

Rappers apologizing has been the new mini-trend this year, with Lil Wayne, Tyler, the Creator and Rick Ross all coming under fire for questionable lyrics and videos.