This is why I fucks with J. Cole.
It’s more than just his skills as a rapper, which really is enough by itself for any fan. But it’s also his actions in Hip Hop that speak to me as a fan and make me appreciate him more as an artist.
Recently, J. Cole came under fire for his lyrics in the Jodeci Freestyle song he did with Young Money rapper Drake, where he compares rappers not on his level to someone who is autistic (“I’m artistic, you niggas is autistic, retarded”). An online petition was started requesting that the rapper apologize “to families and individuals with autism and change the lyrics to that phrase.”
I wasn’t really impressed by the fact that J. Cole apologized for his lyric (at some point entertainers all cave in just to shut people the fuck up). It was more so what the rapper said in his apology that made me take notice.
Cole took to his blog Dream Villain to explain how sorry he was for the lyric, and more:
Recently there’s been a trend that includes rappers saying something offensive, only to be attacked for it in the media and pressured to apologize. I have to be completely honest and say there’s a part of me that resents that. I view rap similar to how I view comedy. It’s going to ruffle feathers at times. It’s going to go “too far”. 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.
With that said, this is not the case today. This letter is sincere. This apology IS necessary.
Insert shade at other rappers… now continue…
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…
To the entire Autism community who expressed outrage, I’m moved and inspired by your passion, and I’m amazed at how strong you are as a unit…
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.
I want to educate myself more on Autism, and I’ll gladly own my mistake and serve as an example to today’s generation that there’s nothing cool about mean-spirited comments about someone with Autism….
J. Cole didn’t just release an apology to shut people up or save an endorsement; he was really affected by what he said and the reaction it got from people.
He did research, educated himself, showed sympathy towards families and individuals who have lived with the disorder. The rapper was inspired by their strength to not only deal with autism in their lives, but as a community.
Bravo, Cole, bravo.
His bromance partner Drake, followed suit and released his own statement on his web site, October’s Very Own, to support his friend and to also apologize for the lyric. Drake also made it clear that the two rappers had agreed to remove “the lyric from the song.”
I don’t know why it took a younger generation of MC’s to do what two older rappers didn’t have the decency to do, but oh well.
I’m just glad my fave is better than yours.
Not just because he’s a talented rapper, but because he follows his own path, seems educated and mature, and has the balls to own up to his mistakes and admit when he’s wrong.
You’re fave does not.