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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Another Apology

The Huffington Post reports on another apology:
Just a few days after J. Cole apologized for a lyric about autism that many labeled offensive, Drake has stepped up to do the same. The two collaborated on the latter's "Jodeci Freestyle," with J. Cole rapping the verse in question.
Drake took to his site to issue the mea culpa:
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.
J. Cole's divisive lyric -- "I'm artistic, you n----s is autistic, retarded" -- prompted a petition from the Anti-Bullying Alliance prior to the rapper's apology. He is part of a slew of hip-hop stars who have recently backtracked on offensive lyrics, including Lil Wayne and Rick Ross. J. Cole said in his blog-post atonement that he doesn't agree with the trend but felt he overstepped decorum with this particular lyric.