Drake’s new Care Package compilation, which was released Friday (Aug 2), contains an assortment of old but promising bonus tracks that were released on all streaming services. Including the 2013 collab with J. Cole, “Jodeci Freestyle”, however, the song censors a controversial line by J. Cole.
Arguably Cole’s verse was some of his best feature work, the North Carolina rapper gloats about his achievements and states that he’s smarter than other rappers.
“Go check the numbers dummy, that’s just me gettin’ startedJ.COLE
I’m artistic, you niggas is autistic, retarded”
When the track was released June 22, 2013, on a four-track drop, J. Cole made the decision to apologize because of his tainted lyric he had split on the song, which had drew criticism in the Autism community. A petition of the track was even made that had gained 4,500 signatures. Acknowledging his mistake he states
“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.”J.COLE
Drake shortly after issued his own statement on the OVO blog:
“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,”….“This was a learning lesson for both of us, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to try to right this wrong. J. Cole and I believe that it is the right, responsible, and respectful decision to remove the lyric from the song.”DRAKE
The latest version deletes out the criticized line after “you” and continues after “hold your applause”.