After J Cole labeled Noname a “leader” amidst the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement, the latter has set the record straight.
In a since-deleted tweet, Noname said she refused to bear the title that Cole bestowed on her, adding that she’s “not a fucking leader.” “I’m a confused n***a reading difficult books trying to understand this shit like everyone else,” she wrote. “I tweet recklessly and smoke reggie. I’m [nobody’s] leader.” The Chicago rapper also told her new Twitter followers to unfollow her “if Cole brought you here.”
Noname’s entanglement with Cole came about after he dropped “Snow on tha Bluff,” which contained pointed bars about an unnamed female activist. The Dreamville rapper did not confirm or deny speculation he was rapping about Noname, and responded to the controversy by reiterating the stance he expressed in the song.
“I stand behind every word of the song,” he wrote. “Right or wrong I can’t say, but I can say it was honest. Some assume to know who the song is about. That’s fine with me, it’s not my job to tell anybody what to think or feel about the work.” Cole then went to praise Noname for her work, adding that he “love[s] and honor[s] her as a leader in these times.”
In response, Noname dropped the Madlib-produced track “Song 33,” calling out Cole for criticizing her activism. However, a few days later she apologized for causing a distraction from real-world problems and the Black Lives Matter movement.
At the time of writing, Cole has yet to respond to Noname’s latest statement.