#Noname has responded to #JCole in a new song called “Song 33.”
Noname and J. Cole have been the trending throughout the week after Cole released an alleged diss track at Noname in response to the woman musician’s subliminal tweets about him. For those who don’t know the backstory, Noname is an artist and activist who previously called out Black celebs over their lack of action in the Black liberation movement. She also discusses a wide variety of issues like capitalism, sexism, racism, and even started a book club where she shares literature about social issues. Cole allegedly was subtweeted in her messaging and thus garnered a response from the rapper in his new song “Snow on Tha Bluff.”
Some of the lyrics were “Just ’cause you woke, and I’m not, that s— ain’t no reason to talk like you better than me,” he continues. “How you gon’ lead, when you attackin’ the very same n—– that really do need the s— that you sayin’?” He also says in a verse that her “queen tone” bothers him and said “F*ck is the point of you preaching your message to this that already believe what you believe?” As soon as the song was released, Cole started getting dragged over his misogynistic tone. Many fans believed that Cole was referring to Noname since he mentioned quotes that were directly pulled from her old tweets. People began calling Cole out, noting that seemingly wants to be coddled and continuously educated on the issues Black people face. Many Black women also mentioned that him referring to Noname as “angry” at a variety of things only perpetuates ugly stereotypes about Black women. Some felt it was petty for the rapper to dedicated an entire song to attacking a Black woman instead of being proactive about the issues she addressed.
On Wednesday, Cole doubled down on his lyrics and confirmed that he was talking about Noname saying, “Morning. I stand behind every word of the song that dropped last night,” he wrote. “Right or wrong I can’t say, but I can say it was honest.” In response, Noname dropped her own track called “Song 33,” which addressed her ongoing battle with Cole. She specifically pointed out the continuous silence and lack of support Black women are given; she used the death of Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau as an example.
“I saw a demon on my shoulder,” she begins. “It’s looking like patriarchy. Like scrubbing blood off the ceiling and bleaching another carpet how my house get haunted? Why Toyin body don’t embody all the life she wanted? A baby just 19, I know Dream all black. I seen her everything immortalized in tweets. All cops, they say they found her dead,” she rapped. “One girl missing another on go missing. One girl missing another. But naggers in the back quiet as a church mouse, basement studio when duty calls to get the verse out. 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? When it’s people in trees? When George begging for his mother saying he couldn’t breathe, you thought to write about me?”
#ChanceTheRapper criticized Cole’s song, and called out Cole’s attempt to mask “patriarchy and gaslighting as constructive criticism.” “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. It’s not constructive and undermines all the work Noname has done. It’s not BWs job to spoon feed us. We grown,” the rapper tweeted.
He continued: “Everybody’s argument on either side is, we can’t personally attack each other if we really want to see a revolution. I can agree with that and can apply it in my own life. I wish we could learn that w/o two artists I admire having a public dispute.”