Noname responds to J. Cole controversy in new track

The debate over J. Cole's 'Snow on Tha Bluff' continues now that Noname has responded with "Song 33."

Noname performs onstage at Randall's Island on July 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Panorama)

This week conscious rapper J. Cole found himself in the crosshairs of controversy after fans seemingly deciphered that his new surprise single “Snow on tha Bluff’ was directed at fellow rapper Noname.

In the track, the enigmatic 35-year-old kicks things off by lamenting, “It’s something about the queen tone that’s botherin’ me.”

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He opens up about how he feels when activists call out celebrities for not using their platforms during moments of civil unrest, explaining, “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***as, she mad at our ignorance, she wear her heart on her sleeve / She mad at the celebrities, low-key I be thinkin’ she talkin’ ’bout me.”

After the song dropped, several fans called Cole out, stating that it was both defensive and perhaps even misogynistic to do dedicate a whole diss track a Black woman on the frontlines when he’s repeatedly admitted to not being equipped to do the same.

Despite Cole’s critique that the “young lady” in question condescends rather than educates, fans also pointed out that the Chicago native actually has an entire book club dedicated to teaching Black people about social justice issues and liberation.

After a full day of debates, NoName responded Thursday evening with a track of her own called “Song 33.”

“I saw a demon on my shoulder/It’s looking like patriarchy,” she begins, making it clear exactly who and what she’s referencing.

“I guess the ego hurt now/ It’s time to go to work/ Wow/Look at him go/He really bout to write about me when the world is in smokes?” she continues.

At one point she even references her pro-Blacl book club musing, “Little did I know all my reading would be a bother.”:


Response to the two singles has been mixed with some siding with Cole, others with Noname, and still others who believe the entire debate was a healthy one.



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