Action Bronson has apologised for causing offence with his song Consensual Rape.
The rapper had been due to take to the stage for George Washington University's annual Spring Fling concert on Saturday (02Apr16).
However, on Tuesday (29Mar16), the school's newspaper The GW Hatchet published a piece calling for Action to be removed from the line-up due to the controversy he has courted throughout his career.
"Bronson has a history of public transphobia, and has mocked transgendered people on Instagram," opinions editor Sarah Blugis wrote. "He's also been widely criticised for the (2011) song Consensual Rape, in which he describes drugging and raping a woman."
Following the publication of this piece, a petition was launched and presented to the university's Program Board. On Thursday (31Mar16), it was announced that Action had been removed from the line-up and would be replaced by GoldLink as the new headliner.
Action was then quick to share an open letter addressing the criticisms, which he wrote to the students at the university as well as the "public at large".
"It has become clear to me that things have reached a point which makes me feel the need to address the issues raised so that we can bring some understanding and healing to the table, so to speak," he wrote. "I can't continue to walk around with the thought that people are thinking these things about me that are far from who I really am."
Referring to his song Consensual Rape, Action insisted he was "depicting a story" through the track, rather than in any way referencing his own views in the lyrics.
"I approach my music as other types of artists approach their work, and I don't intend the stories that I tell, the characters that I play in them or the lyrics I lay down to be taken literally," he explained.
"Regardless, I understand that when it comes to musicians, and more specifically rappers, the lyrics I say are taken to heart many times as a representation of my beliefs or true feelings. So, please let me make this very clear: I think rape and acts of violence toward woman are DISGUSTING. I would never condone anything remotely close to that type of behavior, and it's certainly not what I'm about at all.
"But the song in question has caused people discomfort and pain and I'm sincerely sorry about it. It was not my intention to hurt people when I made it years ago, and I certainly will be much more sensitive on this matter moving ahead."
Action also addressed rumours of his transphobia, which began when he shared an "insensitive" Instagram post which incorrectly labelled someone as transsexual.
"I have never had any issues with anyone's sexual orientation or gender transitioning. I'm far, far from perfect and I recognise my flaws and I'm making an effort to grow and be a better human," he concluded.
Action added he has met with members of the LGBT community in order to "understand how to avoid being hurtful and insensitive towards these issues moving forward".