Drake Cuts J. Cole's Autism Lyric From "Jodeci Freestyle"

Drake Cuts J. Cole's Autism Lyric From "Jodeci Freestyle"

Drizzy offers up his own apology for controversial line.

Published July 23, 2013

Drake has followed up J. Cole's apology to the autistic community with a heartfelt response of his own.

"I share responsibility and offer my sincerest apologies for the pain this has caused," Drizzy said in a statement posted on his OVO blog Monday night (July 22), noting Cole's apology was "beautiful and moving."

Cole had recently written a letter adressed to advocacy organization Autism Speaks regarding his "incredibly offensive" lyric on Drake's "Jodeci Freestlyle," one of four new tracks the 26-year-old released in one day. Cole rapped, "I'm an artist, you n----s is autistic, retarded."

The Anti Bullying Alliance hit back with a Change.org petition that amassed more than 4,500 signatures.

In addition to apologizing, Drake went a step further and pulled the rhyme all together. "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.”

 

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Written by Latifah Muhammad

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