Noname has apologized for dissing J Cole on her latest song, “Song 33.”
Last week, Cole released “Snow on tha Bluff,” which reportedly fired shots at Noname, who dropped “Song 33” in response. The Chicago rapper called out Cole for criticizing her activism instead of focusing on the “work” the movement for racial justice requires.
Although, like Cole, Noname never explicitly mentions her target on her song, she has issued an apology saying she regrets responding to the beef in the first place. She said that her “ego got the best of me” and that she wasn’t “proud” of her reaction.
“I’ve been thinking a lot about it and I am not proud of myself for responding with ‘Song 33,’” she wrote on Twitter. “I tried to use it as a moment to draw attention back to the issues I care about but I didn’t have to respond. My ego got the best of me.”
Noname also apologized for causing a distraction from the Black Lives Matter movement, adding that she will be donating a portion of the “song’s earnings to various mutual aid funds.” “Black radical unity,” she concluded.
At the time of writing, Cole has yet to respond to Noname’s latest apology. However last Thursday, the rapper defended his lyrics on “Snow on tha Bluff,” saying he stood “behind every word of the song.” He later praised Noname on social media, adding that he “love[s] and honor[s] her as a leader in these times.”
Read Noname’s full statement below:
madlib killed that beat and i see there’s a lot of people that resonate with the words so i’m leaving it up but i’ll be donating my portion of the songs earnings to various mutual aid funds. black radical unity ✊🏾
— Noname (@noname) June 21, 2020