(AllHipHop News) This year has seen a number of rappers have to apology for certain lyrics that some have found offensive. Roc Nation’s J. Cole now joins several other Hip Hop performers who have had to walk back something they said in a song.
In a statement posted on his blog, Cole apologized to people with autism for his line in Drake’s “Jodeci Freestyle” where he raps, “I’m artistic, you niggas is autistic, retarded.”
The group Autism Speaks condemned the lyrics saying the words are “offensive and perpetuate negative stereotypes.”
In the blog post Cole writes, “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.”
The “Crooked Smile” rapper began his letter stating that he does not believe entertainers should have to apology every time someone is upset by their art, but he felt this was a situation that he needed to make amends for.
“I do not believe that an apology is needed every time someone is offended, especially when that apology is really only for the sake of saving an endorsement or cleaning up bad press,” stated Cole. “With that said, this is not the case today. This letter is sincere. This apology IS necessary.”