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.
El-P - "The Full Retard"
"I am Sam, I am known to go H.A.M., the full retard / Playing taps on a keytar, in the Benz or the Beamer."
Canibus - "Get Retarded"
"When I bomb shit, I get retarded; probably more than you bargained / I'm talking about rip a mic off your arm shit / Hype shit, blow up a mic shit, you might get / Beat the fuck up in broad daylight with a nightstick."
Chief Keef - "Hobby"
"Now I'm bout to go to sleep, man / Still wake up gettin' money / Tadoe off the molly / Man, Tadoe so retarded."
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Jasper Dolphin - "Trashwang"
"Get chipped like that nigga from 'Stomp The Yard' / Don't fuck with Jasper, he a retard / Kill your motherfucking grandma and have your family scarred."
Childish Gambino - "Bonfire"
"I made the beat retarded, so I'm calling it a slow jam."
2 Chainz - "Crack"
"I be going dumb, I be going retard / With no regard for no broad."
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Tyler, The Creator - "Radical"
"Rebellion and defiance makes my motherfuckin' cock hard / Fuck pigs, fuck guards, all some fucking retards."
Wiz Khalifa - "It's Nothin'"
"What can I say, my DNA is Givenchy / Why my swag is? retarded / What I'm driving? Ferrari."
Lil Wayne - "Turn On The Lights (Remix)"
"I'm purple kush forever / I'm purple drank forever / That dick make her feel retarded / She say I make her feel special."
Future - "Bitches & Bottles"
"Let's get it started, let's go dumb and retarded / Let's get as high as we wanna, let's go and burn up a forest."
Earl Sweatshirt - "AssMilk"
"Known narcissists, sipping on arsenic / Carved carcasses in the garage, don't park in it / Hard as finding retarded kids at Harvard."
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Big Sean - "I Do It"
Big Sean “Mula” Detroit (2012)
"I'm high, I split an O in half, now it's a parentheses / Crazier than crazy, ape shit, retardedly stupid."
A$AP Rocky - "Cockiness (Love It)"
"We running' clockwork / So we got purp and we got work / Tell Ri-Ri I go re-retarded / On a remix, had to re-record it."
Dom Kennedy - "My Type Of Party (Remix)"
"That's for all you bloggers, I'm fuckin' the bitches that you bloggin' / Went Goyard retarded, and my VVS is flawless."
Action Bronson - "9-24-11"
"Strength of a retard, the drugs are even stronger / Shorty loved the longitude, dealer bring a quarter through."