J. Cole is apologizing for some offensive lyrics in his new collaboration with Drake, Jodeci Freestyle.
In that song, the rapper sings, “Go check the numbers dummy, that’s just me gettin’ started /I’m artistic, you n***as is autistic, retarded.” These words certainly drew criticism, leading Cole to release an official apology on his blog on Sunday.
The 28-year-old wrote, “In a recent verse on the song ‘Jodeci Freestyle’, I said something highly offensive to people with Autism. Last week, when I first saw a comment from someone outraged about the lyric, I realized right away that what I said was wrong. I was instantly embarrassed that I would be ignorant enough say something so hurtful. What makes the crime worse is that I should have known better.”
The rapper added to his sincere apology, “To the entire Autism community who expressed outrage, I’m moved and inspired by your passion, and I’m amazed at how strong you are as a unit … To anyone suffering from Autism, either mildly or severely, I am sorry. I’m bound to make mistakes in my life, but in my heart I just want to spread Love.”