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Drake and J. Cole to Remove Offensive Lyrics from 'Jodeci Freestyle'

July 23, 2013

Hip hop artist J. Cole recently issued an apology to the autism community for offensive lyrics in the song "Jodeci Freestyle" by Drake and J. Cole.  Yesterday, Drake issued an apology of his own, promising to remove the lyrics from the original song.  On his blog he wrote: "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."


Autism Raps!

April 23, 2013

Indeed, yesterday was not only for autism to speak, but to sing, to rap and to celebrate the many talents of young musicians with autism. Rio “Soulshocka" Wyles, a 21-year-old promising rapper who is on the autism spectrum, collaborated with the musical duo Timeflies and Adrienne Bailon from 3LW and the Cheetah Girls for a fun jam session at Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Converse generously donated the studio time to Autism Speaks.