Drake Apologizes For J. Cole's Autism Line On "Jodeci Freestyle"

Drake refers to the controversy surrounding J. Cole's autism lyric as "a learning lesson."

Just one day after J. Cole released an apology made in regards to his “offensive” line about autism on Drake’s “Jodeci Freestyle,” the Canadian singer/rapper has followed suit with an apology of his own. Similarly to Cole, Drake used his own Website, Octobers Very Own, to express his regret for the use of the line.

In his apology, Drake went on to take “responsibility” for Cole’s lyric and referred to the situation as “a learning lesson.”

“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,” said Drake in a blog post made yesterday (July 22). “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.”

In the particular lyric, which has gone on to garner a modest amount of criticism following the release of “Jodeci Freestyle,” J. Cole addressed his critics as he rapped, “Go check the numbers dummy, that's just me gettin' started/ I'm artistic, you niggas is autistic, retarded."

Criticism for the song reached its peak last week when the mother of an autistic son penned an open letter to both Drake and J. Cole, stating that the two artists were putting her son “in danger” by using the word “autistic” in such a “negative” manner.

“You are putting my son in danger. You see, he is getting closer and closer to middle school, and we know that kids start separating into groups and picking on other children at that time,” Flannery explained in her letter. “When you throw out the term 'autistic' in such a negative way, you are planting a seed in children’s minds that people with autism are less; less intelligent, less important, less than human.”

J. Cole’s autism lyric has since been removed from “Jodeci Freestyle.”

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53 Comments

  • Anonymous

    doesn't matter who needs to apologize or if they need to at all..i'm diagnosed with aspergers and i don't give a fuck that j. cole made a ignorant comment on autism. i give a fuck that j. cole is as shit of a rapper as he is a personality.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    lol, so much for saying autistic, but no one complains about saying Retarded? I mean, the same argument about why autistic is offensive could be used about "retarded", painting retards as less than humans, blah blah hypocrite people just want to stirr shit up. Rap is an art form, it should NOT be censored in any way, in the same way that i don't go censoring genitals on Picasso's Paintings. If you don't like it, don't listen to it. If your kids are more influenced by what they hear on one line of a friggin freestyle than by what you tought them at home/school, you've failed as a parent, should focus on that rather trying to censor artists

    • Huffy

      The lady was stating her son was endangered by other kids brought up by ignorant parents probably like you will be some day

  • Drake runs rap

    drake made j cole drake saves j cole and drake can end j cole with out drake j cole is a nobody but just a cheap wanna be drake. Jay z didnt do shit for j cole jay z only cares about himself and his money all you fuckboy jay z camel fans need to learn that jay z is trash now and only cares about his money. Thats all he says in his songs thats his message in his actions yet you ignorant dumb fucks worship him like some god. DRAKE CARES ABOUT HIS FANS AND PEOPLE DRAKE RUNS RAP PERIOD SO FUCK OFF YOU CAMEL HUMP RIDING FAGGOTS>

    • anon

      ruins rap into the fuckin ground!!! someone kill him already!!

    • J. cole is the face of hip hop

      FUCK U U FAGGOT ASS BITCH U GOT IT TWISTED DRAKE DICKRIDERS J.COLE DON'T GET BUTT HURT ITS THE TRUTH EVER SINCE J.COLE CAME ON SCENE DRAKE HAS ALWAYS BEEN JUMPING ON J.COLE'S SHITS IN THE MORNING, TOURS AND NOW RECENTLY GOING TO BEST BUY TO BUY ALL OF J.COLE'S BORN SINNER ALBUMS IN THE STORE I MEAN COME ON THE LADY THAT WORKED THERE EVEN SAID MORE PEOPLE BROUGHT J.COLE'S ALBUM MORE THAN KANYE'S SHIT I WATCHED THE VIDEO I KNOW SHIT I EVEN WENT TO THE LOCAL BEST BUY IN MY HOME TOWN LAST WEEK JUST TO SEE IF PEOPLE WERE ACTUALLY REALLY BUYING BORN SINNER AND SURE ENOUGH PEOPLE WERE ACTUALLY BUYING INTO THE HYPE OF BORN SINNER SO MUCH THAT BORN SINNER WAS ALREADY SOLD OUT CLEAN THERE WERE STILL OVER 50 COPIES OF KANYE'S YEEZUS STILL ON THE SHELVES THAT'S PROOF FOR YOUR DUMBASS BITCH HE DON'T NEED DRAKE TO BE HELPING HIM OUT DRAKE WAS JUST BEING GENEROUS CAUSE HE'S A J.COLE GROUPIE IN REALITY J.COLE'S HARD WORK AND ENERGY ARE PAYING OFF THAT'S WHY HE IS HAVING MORE SUCCESS THAN EVER BEFORE THAT'S GOOD KARMA FOR J.COLE THAT'S WHY HIS ALBUM IS ABOUT TO BE CERTIFIED GOLD SHIT IN ONLY 5 OR 6 WEEKS LAST TIME IT TOOK HIM LIKE 6 MONTHS TO SALE 500,000 COPIES SO J.COLE IS THE MAN RIGHT NOW RUNNING 2013 SHOTGUN WITH THE CEO JAY-Z OH AND BY THE WAY U KNOW HOW I ALSO KNOW THAT DRAKE DICKRIDERS J.COLE'S ASS I WANT TO A DRAKE IN MY HOME TOWN TO WHEN HE WAS DOING THE CLUB PARADISE TOUR LAST WITH MY NIECE AND HER COUSIN CAUSE THEY ARE BOTH HUGE DRAKE AND J.COLE FANS, AND DRAKE SAID AT THE END OF THE SHOW THAT NIGHT DRAKE SAID HE LOOKS UP TO J.COLE AND THAT HE KNOWS HE CAN COME TO HIM FOR ADVICE ON BEING A LIGHT SKINNED RAPPER SHIT DRAKE EVEN TWITTED J.COLE IS MY BROTHER MAN RHYMES TO ILL TO REAL CAUSE HE KNOWS J.COLE IS 10 TIMES THE LYRICIST HE IS DRAKE MAY HAVE A FANBASE MILLIONS OF TIMES LARGER THAN J.COLE'S BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT DRAKE WILL NEVER BE A LYRICIAL GENIUS LIKE J.COLE, J.COLE IS JUST TO VERSITAL AND RAW IN HIS RAPS FOR DRAKE TO BE EVEN A MATCH FOR J.COLE, J.COLE WOULD MURDER DRAKE JUST LIKE HE DID TO MIGUEL IN THAT POWER TRIP VIDEO ITS ALL TRUE MR. DRAKE RUNS RAP NAS CROWNED J.COLE THE NEW KING IN MADE NAS PROUD THE RESPONSE TO J.COLE'S LET NAS DOWN SO THERE J.COLE HAS BEEN DEEMED KING ALREADY BY A RAP LEGEND DRAKE JUST RIDING DICK CAUSE HE WISH HE HAD THE ONE THING THAT MEANS MORE TO HIM THAN HIS 45 MILLION DOLLARS AND 20 MILLION RECORDS HE SOLD AND THATS LYRICAL TALENT YEP J.COLE IS KING OF HIP HOP MY HATERS LOL SO GO ON SAY HOW BORING, LAME, AND MEDICORE J.COLE IS WHILE HE GOES TO THE TOP AND LEAVES Y'ALL YELLING AT AIR LOL DON'T FUCK WITH J.COLE HE IS THE DEFINITION OF THE NEW GENERATION OF RAP SIGNED TO THE LABEL ROC NATION WITH THE ABILITY OF A INDEPENDENT ARTIST PRODUCING HIS OWN MUSIC WITH VERY LIMITED ASSISTANTS FROM JAY-Z OR THE RECORD LABEL AND STILL IS BEING SUCCESSFUL 2 NUMBER ONE ALBUMS THAT ARE BOTH CERTIFIED GOLD DON'T GET ME WRONG I THANK JAY-Z FOR SIGNING J.COLE CAUSE WHO KNOWS WHERE HE'D BE IF HE DIDN'T BUT STILL EITHER WAY J.COLE IS A SELFMADE ONE MAN ARMY THAT CAN HOLD HIS OWN IN THE RAP GAME DRAKE IS A POP STAR ARTIST THAT REALIZE ON LIL WAYNE, BIRDMAN, DEGGASSI FANS, AND REAL RAPPPERS LIKE KENDRICK LAMAR AND J COLE TO DO HIS WORK FOR HIM AND BUILD HIM UP WITHOUT IT DRAKE AINT SHIT OF COURSE HE APOLOGIZING FOR J.COLE'S LYRICS CAUSE THEY ARE TO REAL, TO RAW, AND TO RUTHLESS TO BE ON A LAME TRACK THAT DRAKE PUT OUT TRENCH COAT FLOW BOTTOM LINE TO THESE TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL NIGGAS IM COLUMBINE THAT WAS A PART OF SOME OF THE LYRICS J.COLE WAS SPITTING IN THE TRACK TO LETHAL FOR DRAKE TO EQUAL THAT'S FACTS BITCH J.COLE IS A REAL RAPPER BEING BACK HIP HOP DRAKE IS A R&B POP ARTIST THAT IS A WANNABE RAPPER WHO IS SO BIG ONLY BECAUSE HIS MILLIONS OF FANS ARE ALL POP WORSHIPPERS THAT DICKRIDE HIM CAUSE HE SINGS IN HIS SONGS AND THEY SOUND POPPY AND WE ARE LIVING IN A POP ERA ANYWAY SHIT DRAKE NEEDS J.COLE CAUSE J.COLE KNOWS REAL HIP HOP DRAKE DOESN'T KNOW SHIT ABOUT HIP HOP OTHER THEN TURNING IT INTO WASHED UP POP THE TRUTH HURTS TO KNOW THAT DRAKE IS A GIMMICK DOESN'T IT WELL GET OVER IT LEARN TO FACE THE FACTS AND JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP J.COLE RUNS RAP WHILE Y'ALL PUSSY BITCHESS RUN NOTHING BUT YOUR MOUTHS J.COLE MADE A MILLION OFF HIS FLOW SO YALL PUSSY NIGGA KNOW PERIOD END OF STORY HOLLA U ASS WIPES!!!!!!!!!

  • Bitter Old Head

    Man do I miss the days when Hiphop had balls. The funny thing is that the only reason Hiphop is as successful as it is today, is becuz it gained it's power by being less about PR and more about expression...positive or negative. Anyone offended by Hiphop back in the day got a swift "Fuck You" and Hiphop kept it moving. Now it just sucks a dick and begs for forgiveness...the pusification of America has infected the "big bad" genre of Hiphop. I've never seen so many "gangstas" beg for forgiveness. Drake can act like sopmebody might "hype him up and catch a body like that"...but he's sorry some other rapper made a "retard" line on one of his "freestyles". What a joke.

  • dentaldamboy

    Drake has apologized for being associated with that wack rapper, Gay Cole.

    • Ja Rule Army

      Drake has apologized for being associated with that wack label, YMCMB. Its now MURDER INC! DRAKE-JA RULE. We run rap its MURDA!!!!

  • Bene The OG

    Take notes Ricky this is how you put out a potential fire before it continues to grow and get bigger then it needs to be. Both of them gave an all out heart felt apology niggas said fuck that we aint tryna be off some sorry if you interpreted that way then loose millions type shit like you Ricky.

  • A-Game

    I'm a fan of J. Cole, but him and Drake are huge pussies for apologizing. SMH I remember the good old days when rappers used to say their lines and not apologize for shit. You say something stand behind it, it's what YOU said. You know what you meant when you rapped that lyric, you know your goal wasn't to offend a specific group of people. Dont' get all insecure and backtrack when a couple of people get butthurt. They want to get offended let them. Lol rappers soft as hell nowadays

    • A-Game

      I understand where you're coming from, and yes rapping about autism isn't the most endearing thing to do. And people in the spotlight do have a responsibility to carry themselves in a certain way, but Cole and Drake are still full of shit on this one. I don't think they're apologizing because they believed what they did was wrong, cuz if that was the case they never would've put that lyric in the song in the first place. My point is that they're only apologizing because people called them out on it, that's the problem I have with it.

    • Ok

      We have all said things and apologized for what we said. I see what they have done as being socially responsible. They are a businessmen and they understand how social integrity can impact the bottom line.

  • ingnatiousspontaneous

    To anyone not respecting the apology I hope you suffer long and hard.

  • smokealone

    Rap is getting corny as fuck. Or is this the new trend, apologizing for said lyrics.

  • Anonymous

    LOL at this nigga face

  • yessir

    niggas cant freestyle without being offensive to somebody smh

  • Anonymous

    I appreciate these 2 for coming out straight away and saying sorry and acting like real men. wasn't a fan before but now they have my respect.

  • Anonymous

    How far is Drake up Cole's ass these past couple of months? First he buys all of Cole's album at a Best Buy and now he also apologizes for something Cole said? He's acting like Cole can't do anything by himself and that if he endorses him then it'll help him more...which actually makes sense.

  • Anonymous

    autism is a bitch, it ruined my life

  • Anonymous

    How many 6th Grade kids are listening to a random Drake freestyle and going to use that freestyle to judge others? I honestly think that kids are becoming more adapted to special Ed classmates than back in the day.

  • Anonymous

    FUCK an apology. Hip Hop should not be politically correct.

  • Chief Keef

    I'll sue you bitch.

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