J. Cole Accused Of Slamming Female Rapper Noname In Racially Charged Single, He Reacts: I Stand By Every Word
Considered the time’s heralded conscious rapper by some, J. Cole is surprisingly under fire for the content of his latest release. J. Cole’s new single, “Snow On Tha Bluff,” addresses the public’s perception of him being the most woke of his hip-hop counterparts. He raps about how many of his actions – including his latest attempt at protesting with Black Lives Matter supporters – lead to people thinking he has more insight than he believes he does.
But in the midst of explaining this, J. Cole seemingly addresses an unnamed woman – claiming he takes issue with the way she conveys rhetoric online. He raps:
“N*ggas be thinkin’ I’m deep, intelligent, fooled by my college degree / My IQ is average, there’s a young lady out there, she way smarter than me / I scrolled through her timeline in these wild times, and I started to read / She mad at these crackers, she mad at these capitalists, mad at these murder police / She mad at my n*ggas, she mad at our ignorance, she wear her heart on her sleeve / She mad at the celebrities, lowkey I be thinkin’ she talkin’ ’bout me / Now I ain’t no dummy to think I’m above criticism / So when I see something that’s valid, I listen / But sh*t, it’s something about the queen tone that’s botherin’ me”
He continued, asking for grace in her approach:
“F*ck is the point of you preaching your message to those that already believe what you believe? / I’m on some F*ck a retweet, most people is sheep / You got all the answers but how you gon’ reach? / If I could make one more suggestion respectfully / I would say it’s more effective to treat people like children / Understandin’ the time and love and patience that’s needed to grow / This change is inevitable but ain’t none of us seen this before / Therefore we just gotta learn everything as we go / I struggle with thoughts on the daily”
Fans immediately speculated that J. Cole was rapping about civically engaged rapper, Noname. Many slammed that rapper for allegedly addressing her on the song instead of having a private conversation, and possibly suggesting that women humbly break down concepts to grown men.
He took to Twitter to address the controversy:
“Morning. I stand behind every word of the song that dropped last night…Right or wrong I can’t say, but I can say it was honest…Some assume to know who the song is about. That’s fine with me…I accept all conversation and criticisms. But…Let me use this moment to say this…Follow @noname . I love and honor her as a leader in these times. She has done and is doing the reading and the listening and the learning…Meanwhile a n*gga like me just be rapping.”
“I haven’t done a lot of reading and I don’t feel well equipped as a leader in these times…I appreciate her and others like her because they challenge my beliefs and I feel that in these times that’s important…We may not agree with each other but we gotta be gentle with each other.”
Read the reactions to J. Cole’s “Snow On Tha Bluff” below.
The whites watching us argue about a J. Cole song & not them being racists: pic.twitter.com/O3MPWW1Yss
— Ronald Isley (@yoyotrav) June 17, 2020
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