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J Cole’s New Song Addresses His Insecurity in Leading the Black Plight and Beef with Noname

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Last night J. Cole dropped his new song “Snow on Tha Bluff.” Cole addresses that he’s not as smart as people make him out to be just because he has a college degree. With that in mind he calls out who people believe is Chicago rapper, Noname, for being mad at celebrities for not using their platform to speak about black issues.

My IQ is average, there’s a young lady out there way smarter than me. I scrolled through her timeline in these wild times and I started to read….She mad at my n*****, 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.

According to Complex, in a now-deleted tweet, Noname tweeted back in May that, “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. n***** whole discographies be about black plight and they no where to be found.”

In response to that tweet Cole raps, “I’m on some ‘F*** a retweet,’ most people is sheep. You got all the answers but how you gon’ reach.”

Cole acknowledges that he’s not woke or equipped enough to be considered a leader during these times. “Just ’cause you woke and I’m not, that shit ain’t no reason to talk like you better than me. How you gon’ lead, when you attacking the very same n***** that really do need the s*** that you sayin’?”

He wants Noname to change her methods when it comes to critiquing people who aren’t as knowledgable about the black plight. He says, “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.” The challenging part about that statement is that Noname is constantly talking about black issues and even has her own book club that “highlights books that speak on human conditions in critical and original ways.” Also, it’s not a black woman’s job to teach anyone about the subjects of black history, oppression, police brutality, #BlackLivesMatter. In this day and age there are plenty of learning materials and Google is free.

In a deleted tweet, Noname responded to the song and said, “QUEEN TONE!!!!!!”

This morning Cole addressed the criticisms and critiques of the song and in true Nene Leakes fashion he “said what he said” tweeting, “Morning. I stand behind every word of the song that dropped last night.”

He lets people assume they know who the song is about and then goes on to encourage people to follow Noname. Cole believes she’s actually out here leading and doing the work while he’s just someone who raps.

The rapper acknowledges that he hasn’t done a lot of reading nor is he equipped to be a leader but he thinks a lot and appreciates Noname for challenging his beliefs.

Ari Lennox, who is signed to J. Cole’s label, Dreamville, made an appreciation post on Instagram supporting Noname. The post thanked her for constantly caring about Black people and enlightening the community.

Here our Twitter’s thoughts about “Snow on tha Bluff.”

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Beyoncé Drops New Song “Black Parade” [LISTEN]

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Beyoncé celebrates Juneteenth with her new song “Black Parade“. Take a listen.

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Noname Drops “Song 33” in Response to J. Cole Diss

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Chicago musician Noname has responded to J. Cole in her latest release “Song 33.” If you recall, two days ago we broke down the Noname/J.Cole beef and why many were calling Cole’s controversial song “Snow on Tha Bluff” misogynist and patriarchal. Noname appears to address the diss track and more on her latest release “Song 33.”

As soon as you press play the track hits you right in the feels. A sample saying “Oh, I have ambitions, dreams / But dreams don’t come cheap” opens the song, then immediately we listen to Noname discuss the patriarchal society in which Black women are forced to exist – a society that undervalues and ignores Black women. She said Oluwatoyin Salu’s name.

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I saw a demon on my shoulder / it’s looking like patriarchy

Like scrubbing blood off the ceiling and bleaching another carpet

She takes aim at J. Cole for staying silent while Black women routinely “go missing,” yet immediately having something to say when she called him out on it. 

One girl missing another one go missing / One girl missing another

But niggas in the back quiet as a church mouse / Basement studio when duty calls to get the verse out

Noname lists all the brutalities happening to Black people and Black women while at the same time, calling him to action. She reminds us Black women are going missing. 

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?

She then criticizes the internet at large for being too easily distracted by the “beef” and losing sight of “the new world order.” 

It’s trans women being murdered and this is all he can offer?

And this is all y’all receive? / Distracting you from the convo wit organizers

They talkin abolishing the police

This the new world order

Noname has always been an outspoken champion for Black women’s rights, often bringing attention to crimes committed against Black women that regularly go unheard. In her response to J. Cole, the musician again uses her platform to not only highlight the inherent patriarchy that causes so many Black female victims of violent crime to go unnoticed and forgotten, but to also galvanize Cole, to publicly and boldly challenge him and everyone listening to be the vanguards of a more just and equitable society. 

Noname’s call to action is one that has been repeated by women of color for years. Tarana Burke (below), a woman of color and the founder of the “Me Too” Movement, initially began saying the phrase to remind women of color that they are not alone when they struggle with coping with sexual harassment and sexual assault. 

Kimberlé Crenshaw (below), another woman of color and an outspoken feminist and civil rights activist, coined the term “intersectionality” to explain the myriad obstacles Black women face in society and how those obstacles compound on one another to create a unique brand of discrimination against them.

As we take each and every day, but especially this Juneteenth, to reflect on the painful history of the United States and remember the priceless cost of freedom, we must heed Noname’s call and begin to acknowledge the ways we Black Americans are not free, the ways Black women are not free. 

And we must do it in a QUEEN TONE!!!

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