Drake apologizes for autism slur in 'Jodeci Freestyle,' will remove lyric
Drake is a man to admit when he is wrong. The rapper has come forward to offer a public statement of apology to those he offended by including a lyric by J. Cole that mocked autism in his song "Jodeci Freestyle."
"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,'" Drake writes. "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."
J. Cole issued his own apology on his blog, writing, "To the parents who are fighting through the frustrations that must come with raising a child with severe autism, finding strength and patience that they never knew they had; to the college student with Asperger's syndrome; to all those overcoming autism. You deserve medals, not disrespect. I hope you accept my sincere apology."
He continues, "I was instantly embarrassed that I would be ignorant enough say something so hurtful. What makes the crime worse is that I should have known better."
In the lyric in question, J. Cole raps, "I'm artistic, you n****s is autistic, retarded." Drake promises that the lyric will be removed from the song, which came out in June.