J Cole released a new song, “Snow On Tha Bluff”, and it is drawing reactions on social media due to some ‘controversial’ lyrics.
The new song addresses racism, activism, organizing, social media, police brutality, his celebrity status, and much more.
Though some fans have pointed out that he was referring to Chicago rapper, Noname in his lyrics….something that hasn’t gone down well with many.
Noname called out big-name rappers for their silence following the murder of George Floyd, and J. Cole in his trach, refers to “a young lady out there, she way smarter than me” who tweets often about sociopolitical issues such as capitalism and police brutality but whose tone “bothers” him.
J. Cole raps on the track;
“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 n*ggas, she mad at our ignorance, she wear her heart on her sleeve/She mad at the celebrities, low key I be thinkin she talking bout me,”
The line from which Noname was referring to sees J. Cole rap, “But Shit, its something about the queen tone that’s bothering me.”
Many didn’t agree with J. Cole with an observer writing;
“Noname started a whole ass book club around dismantling white supremacy and capitalism and J. Cole wants this woman to spell it out for him like he can’t read.”
“J Cole is representing the “politic” of a lot of cishet Black men. So many BW have put in the effort to politically educate ourselves, create forms of communal learning & develop a collective politic and because they will not, they attempt to gaslight, humiliate and undermine us.
Their whole politic is fundamentally grounded in antagonising Black women, telling us we should teach them, and then dismissing us when we do attempt to speak (à la Boots Riley, just two days ago). The truth is they don’t want to listen because they don’t believe we matter.
Black women do not exist to hold Black men’s hands through their misogynoir, all whilst they’re literally killing us too. Noname has been very publicly learning in this space and even started her own book club to make this learning an accessible, communal project.
J Cole has every resource possible to do that learning and is still chastising a Black woman because he felt indirectly slighted. He really could’ve picked up a bell hooks book and instead, this is where we are.”
A social media user wondered why people were upset with Cole’s lyrics. The user wrote;
@Bobz_odukz: If these nigga really cancel J Cole that means hip hop is really dead cus whack niggas like future who openly disrespect black woman r still poppin. Meanwhile Cole writes a thoughtful rap about ensuring unity amongst our ppl and these bitches mad. I’m getting really pissed. 🤦🏾♂️🤷🏿♂️
See more reactions below;
J. Cole went to a Noname concert to support her at a small venue in Brooklyn back in 2016
He’s always known her voice was meant to be huge ⚡️
— Team DREAMVILLE (@TeamDreamville) June 17, 2020
J Cole is just trying to encourage black people to learn together instead of trying to outwoke each other online…this is no competition we all on the same boat here. A humble King pic.twitter.com/UaJ5mSdK3O
— AA (@anyebe_ameh) June 17, 2020
Nah, men love to act like children for people who want to “lead” so bad. In what tone exactly does J Cole expect women to say “stop killing us” “stop raping us” “stop disrespecting us”. I didn’t see y’all watching your tone to the police, so why the hell should we ?
— ebele. (@ebelee_) June 17, 2020