Drake follows J Cole and apologises for autism lyric

The rapper says he 'offers his sincerest apologies' to anyone offended by the lyrics of his track 'Jodeci Freestyle'

Drake has followed J Cole in apologising for any offence caused by lyrics referring to autistic people in their track ‘Jodeci Freestyle’.

Yesterday (July 23) J Cole apologised for the “highly offensive” lyrics on the song, which was released earlier this year. The pair had come under fire over a line which referred to rivals as “autistic” and “retarded”. Writing on his blog, Dreamvillain earlier this week, J Cole said he was “embarrassed” that he “would be ignorant enough say something so hurtful”.

Now Drake has followed suit and issued his own apology, posted on his blog. The post reads: “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… J Cole and I believe that it is the right, responsible and respectful decision to remove the lyric from the song.”

After the track was released last month, US charity Autism Speaks posted a blog from Lou Melgarejo, whose daughter has autism, which asked the two artists to consider the impact of their words. “Ultimately, you are free to say/rap/sing whatever you want,” he wrote “I am just asking that you please stop insulting those who often cannot defend themselves.”