Cole World

Earlier this week, J. Cole issued a public apology after using the words "retarded" and "autistic" in lyrics on a song called "Jodeci Freestyle," which he recently released with Drake. In the letter, he mentioned that he regretted using the words, but also wrote, "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." While the XXL staff certainly doesn't condone using offensive lyrics in songs, we happen to partially agree with Cole, in that he's certainly not the first rapper to use offensive words like "retarded" in his raps. To prove this, here we've compiled 25 lyrics in which rappers—from Kanye to Eminem to Tyler, The Creator—used the word.

Release And Sales Projections

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Date: September 27, 2011
On September 28, just a day after its release (September 27), reports indicate that Cole's Cole World: The Sideline Story is expected to sell between 240,000 to 250,000 copies its first week. According to Billboard, the debut would become the biggest for a solo act since Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday (2010).

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Cole World: The Sideline Story Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200


Date: October 5, 2011

The 2010 XXL Freshman sells 217, 000 copies in his first week on shelves, giving him an edge over the comeback album from Travis Barker’s pop punk outfit, Blink-182, whose Neighborhoods LP landed at the No. 2 spot with 151,500. “Thanks to yall, we shook the game up. No chart topping single, just 2 years of hard work, great music and real ass fans. #1 album (sic),” Cole later tweeted.

Jay-Z also went on to congratulate the rapper's success, writing a statement, “J. Cole’s success is testament to amazing artist development and Cole’s hard work,” the Roc Nation boss said in a statement. “I want to congratulate him on a #1 album and more importantly a great body of work.”

Appears on Last Call with Carson Daly

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Date: October 7, 2011

Featured on "Undercover" with Chris Brown, from DJ Drama's Third Power

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Date:October 11, 2012

Featured on the Remix to Beyonce's "Party"

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Date:October 21, 2011

Appears in Nike Basketball Commercial with Kevin Durant

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Date: November 22, 2011

Cole World: The Sideline Story Goes Gold

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Date: December 2, 2011
Less than three months on the shelves, Cole's debut received a gold certification for sales over 500,000 units.

Featured on Remix to Red Cafe's "Fly Together" with Wale and Trey Songz

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Date:December 8, 2011

Performs “Work Out” on The Late Show with David Letterman

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Date:December 21, 2011

Performs “Work Out” on MTV's New Years Eve Countdown

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Date:December 31, 2011

“Work Out” Goes Platinum

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Date: January 11, 2012

Performs on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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Date: January 31, 2012

Appears on Trae Tha Truth's Star-Studded “I'm On 2.0”

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Date: February 3, 2012

Nominated for Best New Artist at 54th Grammy Awards

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Date: February 12, 2012 (Day of Grammys)

Featured on "Let It Show" from Tyga's Careless World: Rise of the Last King

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Date: February 21, 2012

Hits 2 Million Followers on Twitter, Drops “Grew Up Fast”

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Date: February 22, 2012

Plays in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

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Date: February 24, 2012

Holds Inaugural Dreamville Weekend, Drops “Visionz of Home”

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Date: March 1, 2012

Drops “Drank in My Cup (Freestyle)”

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Date: March 22, 2012

Performs “This Time” with Melanie Fiona on Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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Date:March 23, 2012

“Can't Get Enough” Goes Gold

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Date: May 24, 2012

"Nobody's Perfect" Hits No. 3 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart


Date: July 7, 2012

Kicks New Verse from Song “Chaining Day”

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Date: July 25, 2012

Drops “The Cure” Over The Throne's “Lift Off”

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Date: July 26, 2012

Performs at Lollapalooza in Chicago

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Date:August 5, 2012

Featured on DJ Khaled's “They Ready” Alongside Kendrick Lamar and Big K.R.I.T.

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Date: August 15, 2012

Debuts “I'm a Fool” at Rock The Bells

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Date: August 18, 2012

Featured on Rita Ora's Single “Love & War”

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Date: August 23, 2012

Featured on "Green Ranger" from Lil Wayne's Dedication 4

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Date: September 3, 2012

Comes Out at Kendrick Lamar Show in N.C., Takes Lyrical Shots at Diggy Simmons

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Date: September 11, 2011

Drops “I'm a Fool”

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Date: September 16, 2012