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."