Chance The Rapper Calls Out J. Cole For His Comments About Female Rapper Noname: It Was Wrong & Undermines Her Work
Rapper Noname posted and deleted a tweet in May stating that “top selling rappers” have been silent during growing concerns around Black Lives Matter and police brutality.
“Poor black folks all over the country are putting their bodies on the line in protest for our collective safety and y’all favorite top selling rappers not even willing to put a tweet up,”
“Those rappers’ whole discographies be about black plight and they no where to be found.”
Rapper J. Cole decided to use his voice to speak up against racial inequality and the ongoing protests, in a new song after Noname dropped her question on Twitter to rappers and their silence during these times.
J. Cole’s new song “Snow on Tha Bluff” dropped on Tuesday night (June 16th), taking its title from the 2012 film Snow on Tha Bluff.
In the track, you hear J . Cole being honest that he has struggled with wanting to speak up, and wondering if he is doing enough for the movement. He also addresses a mysterious person’s desire to see more rappers be vocal on social media and other platforms to be an advocate, without mentioning their name. He continues to rap that he doesn’t mind the criticism but added that it’s her “tone that’s bothering him.
“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 then states that just because she is more woke than him, it’s not a reason to talk down on him.
“Just ’cause you woke and I’m not, that sh*t ain’t no reason to talk like you better than me
How you gon’ lead, when you attackin’ the very same niggas that really do need the sh*t that you sayin’?
Instead of conveying you holier, come help get us up to speed”
After the song began trending online, many speculated that he was referring to Noname. J. Cole hopped on Twitter to clarify that he stands on his lyrics.
“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.”
While he didn’t confirm or deny that the song was about Noname, in another series of tweets, he @s Noname and says that it’s okay to disagree, but he just wants us as black people to be “gentle with each other.
Noname hasn’t responded publicly to the song, she only tweeted and deleted: “Queen Tone,” possibly responding to J. Cole’s lyrics about tone.
Fellow rapper, Chance The Rapper, who is friends with both Cole and Noname, hopped on Twitter for his thoughts on how the situation could have been handled. Stating,
“They both my peoples but only one of them put out a whole song talking about how the other needs to reconsider their tone and attitude in order to save the world…We can have different points of views on things. I’m not tearing anyone down, I just think it was wrong to amke a song about her. I can’t feel any other way about it.”
“It’s not constructive and undermines all the work Noname has done. It’s not [Black women’s] job to spoon feed us. We grown.”
After a fan asked him to have couldn’t he have had the conversation with J. Cole in person versus on Twitter, he replies saying,
“U mean like how he privately addressed Noname?”
You can listen to the song below:
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