Drake and J. Cole seem to want to put this issue to rest.

On "Jodeci (Freestyle)", a collaboration between the two, Cole mentioned autism in a pejorative way (“I’m artistic, you n*ggas is autistic, retarded”), which ignited furor among the autistic community. Cole issued an apology that acknowledged the strength of the autistic community and attempted to explain that he did not think of the people affected by the lyric.

Subsequently, Drake has also responded to the controversy. He issued the following statement which promises to remove the offensive lyric from the original song:

“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.”

[via MissInfo]

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