Rapper Noname Apologizes After Blasting J. Cole: My Ego Got The Best Of Me
Update #2 (June 22nd): Noname appears to regret adding fuel to her and J. Cole’s recent feud. The rapper took to Twitter and apologized for getting involved, and taking attention away from the fight for equality. She tweeted,
“i’ve been thinking a lot about it and i am not proud of myself for responding with song 33. i tried to use it as a moment to draw attention back to the issues i care about but i didn’t have to respond. my ego got the best of me. i apologize for any further distraction this caused”
“madlib killed that beat and i see there’s a lot of people that resonate with the words so i’m leaving it up but i’ll be donating my portion of the songs earnings to various mutual aid funds. black radical unity”
Original Story: Chicago rapper Noname has seemingly responded to J.Cole’s recent track that many social media users believe slammed her. On J.Cole’s recent single “Snow On Tha Bluff,” he addresses the public’s perception of him being the most woke of his hip-hop counterparts.
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”
After the song came out, many users on social media believed the song was directed towards Noname, claiming that instead of having a private conversation with Noname, he allegedly addressed her on the song and possibly suggesting that women humbly break down concepts to grown men.
Because of the backlash he received on social media for the song, J.Cole took to his twitter to stand by his lyrics in the single,
“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.”
Well now it seems that Noname is responding to J.Cole’s single. The rapper took to twitter to write a note in poem format addressing the deaths of George Floyd and 19 year old activist Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, while also addressing an unnamed person that criticized her,
“He really bout to write about me when the whole world is in smokes?/When it’s people in trees?/ When George begging for his mother saying he couldn’t breathe, you thought to write about me?”
Noname continues the response in the second portion of her poem,
“Little did I know all my reading would be a bother/ It’s trans women being murdered and this is all he can offer?/ And this is what y’all recieve?/ Distracting you from convo wit organizers”
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