Noname addresses J Cole beef on “Song 33”

A Madlib-produced response to Cole’s “Snow on tha Bluff.”

Noname has released the song “Song 33,” which seems to address J Cole’s latest track which reportedly criticized her activism.

In case you missed it, earlier this week J Cole surprise-released a new song titled “Snow on tha Bluff.” On it, the Dreamville rapper fired shots at an unnamed woman and her vocal use of social media to denounce racial injustice. Following the release, plenty of fans were certain it was a diss directed at Noname. And although Cole never explicitly denied the rumors, he has since defended his lyrics, saying he stood “behind every word of the song.” He also praised Noname, saying he “love[s] and honor[s] her as a leader in these times.”

Now, Noname has stepped forward to address the beef with “Song 33,” the Chicago rapper’s first solo release of 2020. The track, produced by Madlib, is brief but potent. For just over a minute, Noname raps about the killing of George Floyd and the 19-year-old activist Oluwatoyin Salau, and how black women have been turned into targets amidst the nation’s current political climate. She also called out Cole for hurling barbs at her instead of focusing on the “work” the movement for racial justice requires.

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“But n***as 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?” she raps.

Although Cole has yet to officially respond to Noname’s clapback, he recently did share a link on his social media to stream “Song 33.”

What do you make of this simmering feud between Noname and J Cole? Check out “Song 33” here and see what you think:

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