Drake, J. Cole To Remove Autism Lyric From ‘Jodeci Freestyle’
Drake and J. Cole have been feeling the heat from fans who were offended by Cole’s “autistic” line in their most recent collaboration on “Jodeci Freestyle.” Over 4,000 signatures were generated on a petition, asking the two rappers to apologize to families and individuals with autism and change the lyric.
After the Born Sinner MC DreamVillain site, Drizzy followed suit and said his sorries on the World Wide Web.
“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,'” the Toronto native wrote on his October’s Very Own blog.
“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.”
Hip-hop stars have been on a very remorseful streak lately after Rick Ross’ “rape” lyric on “U.O.E.N.O.” cost him his Reebok deal and Lil Wayne wrote an apology to the Till family for his Emmett Till reference on Future’s “Karate Chop (Remix)” before Mountain Dew could pull the plug on his sponsorship.
Fans took to social media following Cole’s apology to express their appreciation to the Fayetteville rep like Instagram user @hollyrpeete who posted a video of her son, who has autism, saying, “Hey J. Cole, this is Rodney. Just read your apology. Words can be powerful. Thanks for what you wrote.”