Drake Responds to J. Cole’s Autism Apology, Both Agree to Remove Offensive Lyric
Following J. Cole's heartfelt apology yesterday, Drake has taken it upon himself to address the offensive lyric Cole featured on his "Jodeci Freestyle" single. Taking to his Octobers Very Own blog, Drizzy shared the following:
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.
With both Cole and Drake agreeing to have the lyric removed from the single, it goes to show that both artists are owning up to the mistake outright, which a number of other hip-hop emcees tried to avoid.