Rap star Drake has issued an apology for an offensive lyric in his recent collaboration with J. Cole, "Jodeci Freestyle," that disparages autism.
J. Cole apologized earlier this week.
"I share responsibility and offer my sincerest apologies for the pain this has caused," Drake wrote on his official website in response to the backlash.
"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."
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to try to right this wrong. J. Cole and I believe it is the right, responsible, and respectful decision to remove the lyric from the song."
J. Cole and Drake sparked outcry from the Anti-Bullying Alliance for the controversial rhyme: "I'm artistic, you n-----rs is autistic, retarded."
The organization subsequently launched a petition on behalf of autistic individuals and their families demanding the line be scrubbed from the tune.
Heeding the backlash, Cole noted that rap music often stirs controversy over lyrical content, but said he realized he had crossed a line with this.
"I realized right away that what I said was wrong," wrote the hip-hopster.
"I was instantly embarrassed that I would be ignorant enough to say something so hurtful. What makes the crime worse is that I should have known better."
"To the entire Autism community who expressed outrage… I feel real shame. You have every right to be angry," added Cole in his mea culpa.
"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."
Take note, other celebrities: That's how you apologize!