Rapper Noname responds to J Cole ‘criticism’ with new track ‘Song 33’

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Rapper Noname appears to have responded to J Cole’s rumoured criticism of her in new track “Song 33”.

On Tuesday (16 May), J Cole released his new track “Snow On Tha Bluff”, which appeared to reference Noname after she called out rappers who were “not even willing to put a tweet up” in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Noname has since-deleted the tweet.

J Cole raps: ”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 niggas, 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...”

He continues: “Now I ain’t no dummy to think I’m above criticism/ So when I see something that’s valid, I listen/ But sh***, it’s something about the queen tone that’s botherin’ me.”

Despite facing backlash for the track, the “Middle Child” artist doubled down on his position, tweeting on Wednesday: “I stand behind every word of the song that dropped last night,” before encouraging his followers to follow Noname.

Noname responded on Twitter on Thursday as she shared the lyrics to her latest track “Song 33”.

The track, which is just over one minute long, sees her rap about the poor treatment of black women by society, seemingly taking aim at Cole for releasing a song about her when he could be fighting against racial injustice.

“He really ‘bout to write about me when the world is in smokes?/ When it’s people in trees?/When George was beggin’ for his mother saying he couldn’t breathe/ You thought to write about me?” Noname raps.

“But little did I know all my readin’ would be a bother,” she continues. “It’s trans women bein’ murdered and this is all he can offer?/ And this is all y’all receive?/Distracting you from the convo with organisers/ They talkin’ abolishin’ the police/And this the new world order /We democratisin’ Amazon, we burn down borders.”

Following the song’s release, Cole later shared the link to “Song 33” on his own Twitter.