J Cole responds to rumors he dissed Noname on “Snow on tha Bluff”

“Some assume to know who the song is about. That’s fine with me.”

J Cole has responded to the backlash he has received over his recently released single, “Snow on tha Bluff,” which allegedly disses Chicago rapper Noname.

In a series of tweets, Cole defended his lyrics, which took aim at an unnamed woman and her activism on social media. The rapper said he stood “behind every word of the song,” adding that he was being very open and “honest” about his feelings.

However, Cole did not explicitly deny that the diss was aimed at Noname. “Some assume to know who the song is about. That’s fine with me,” he wrote, “it’s not my job to tell anybody what to think or feel about the work. I accept all conversation and criticisms.” The Dreamville rapper then went on to praise Noname for her activism in the Black Lives Matter movement, saying he “love[s] and honor[s] her as a leader in these times.”

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“She has done and is doing the reading and the listening and the learning on the path that she truly believes is the correct one for our people. Meanwhile a n***a like me just be rapping,” he wrote. “I haven’t done a lot of reading and I don’t feel well equipped as a leader in these times. But I do a lot of thinking. And I appreciate her and others like her because they challenge my beliefs and I feel that in these times that’s important.”

At the end of his statement, Cole wished for people to be “gentle with each other” despite having opposing views.

Meanwhile, fellow Chicagoan Chance the Rapper has stepped in to defend Noname, criticizing Cole for “undermining” her activism. “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,” Chance tweeted. “It’s not constructive and undermines all the work Noname has done. It’s not BWs job to spoon feed us. We grown.” Other artists who spoke up include Dreamville’s own Ari Lennox and Noname’s collaborator and Ghetto Sage groupmate Saba.

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At the time of writing, Noname has yet to respond to Cole’s tweets(?). However, after the song dropped yesterday, she emphatically quoted his lyric “queen tone” in a since-deleted tweet.

Read Cole’s full statement below:

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