Rapper Drake has promised to remove offensive lyrics by J. Cole from their new song after causing controversy with a reference to autism.

The hip-hop stars came under fire from charity campaigners last week (ends19Jul13) after releasing Jodeci (Freestyle), in which Cole spits, "I'm artistic, you n**gas is autistic, retarded".

The furore prompted the Lights Out hitmaker to write a lengthy apology to those offended by the line, insisting he was "instantly embarrassed" by his choice of words and "should have known better".

He added, "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... I feel real shame. You have every right to be angry."

Now Drake has spoken out about the issue to express his own apologies and commend Cole for taking prompt action to make amends for the mishap, while also revealing their intentions to remove the controversial lyrics from the new release.

A statement issued by Drake reads, "J. Cole wrote a beautiful and moving apology to individuals and families affected by autism who were understandably hurt by a verse in 'Jodeci Freestyle'. 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."