Drake Adds Apology for J. Cole's Controversial Autism Lyrics
Published Jul 23, 2013Last week, Drake and J. Cole were faced with a petition from an anti-bullying group after Cole shared some unsavoury lyrics about autism on Drake's track "Jodeci Freestyle." Yesterday (July 22), Cole delivered a heartfelt apology for his insensitivity. Now, Drake has followed suit.
Taking to his October's Very Own blog, Drake shared the following statement:
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.
An updated version of the track has yet to surface. Drake's Nothing Was the Same LP drops on September 17.