J Cole and Drake Apologize for Insulting Lyrics
Rappers – make sure you know what you’re rapping about!
Bestselling rapper J Cole brings us hot singles such as Work Out and Can’t Get Enough, but his latest song shocked and upset many people. J Cole recently apologized for his offensive lyric about people with autism and mental retardation in his song Joedci Freestyle. Drake collaborated with J Cole in the song and also apologizes. The specific lyric which sparked controversy: “Go check the numbers dummy, that’s just me gettin’ started /I’m artistic, you n—as is autistic, retarded.”
J Cole removed the lyric from his song and apologized to the world on his blog, Dream Villain. He writes, “I want to educate myself more on Autism, and I’ll gladly own my mistake and serve as an example to today’s generation that there’s nothing cool about mean-spirited comments about someone with Autism.”
Actress Holly Robinson Peete, who has an autistic 15-year old son, criticzed J Cole during a recent appearance on Access Hollywood Live. Peete’s son is a J Cole and Drake fan, but when he heard the lyrics he asked his mother what they meant. “This right here is so irresponsible. It hurt my feelings so much. I just don’t [think] these artists know how powerful [they are]… because my son is struggling to fit in, and I mean struggling, so when I see an artist, with this kind of following, who is writing not just autistic, but trying to make it the new r-word, [it] is not going to happen on our watch… I hope he apologizes and I hope he takes it out [of the song].”
We must give credit where credit is due. J Cole and Drake graciously apologized for the insensitive lyric, but it’s surprising the artists recorded the hurtful words without realizing how offensive they were to begin with. Lil Wayne sparked a similar controversy in June when video footage of him stomping on the American flag leaked on YouTube. Lil Wayne also apologized and omitted the unpatriotic flag stomping from his ‘God Bless Amerika’ video.