J. Cole stans, you can sit down before reading this because Noname just ate up, chewed up, and spit out your boy. Two days after J. Cole has come for Noname to be [checks notes] intelligent and outspoken Black woman with her song “Snow on Tha Bluff,” Noname replied by releasing his first music of 2020, “Song 33,” Thursday, June 18. Produced by Madlib, in less than a minute and 10 seconds of “Song 33” not only of the ethers of Cole, but also full account, with the Black Lives Matter movement and the socio-politics of America is currently facing.
“I saw a demon on my shoulder, It is looking like the patriarchate,” raps Noname at the beginning of the Song, 33, effortlessly skewering J. Cole and his critics, without even a mention of his name, which, for the record, is Jermaine. Noname continues in reference to the recently deceased Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, the 19-year-old HOUSING activist who was assassinated at the beginning of this week. “Why Toyin body is not embody all the life that she wanted?/ A baby of just 19 years/I know Dream all black/I saw her all immortalized in tweets/ All caps”. Noname back to J. Cole and people like him, calling them to stay “quiet as a church mouse” in the face of violence against Black women, not speaking of “when duty calls to get the verse out.” Noname is also called Jermaine for even writing a diss track about her when there are so many more important issues at hand, the reference to the assassination of George Floyd at the hands of police brutality. “It really has a battle to write about me when the world is in smoke?/ When are the people in the trees?/When George, begging for his mother saying that he could not breathe, you have thought to write about me?”
Noname ends the song by calling both J. Cole’s refusal to read a book, and the very high rate of murders of trans women in America. “I didn’t know that all my reading would be an embarrassment, It is trans women being murdered and this is all he can offer?” Through it all, she somehow maintains the hope of a better future, screaming for the abolition of the police, democratization of the Amazon, and ushering in a better future. She ends the song by declaring, “This is the new avant-garde/I’m the new vangaurd.” Wow, Noname, packed more depth and critical thinking in a minute of the song that can be found on a set of J. Cole’s album. Not only Noname release of the song, but she also tweeted the lyrics of “Song 33.” It may be that J. Cole has gotten over his distaste for reading, because rather than popping up in his basement studio, and trying to find a response track, he tweeted out Noname song. We would like to say “I greet you, Noname,” but, given his political point of view, she probably wouldn’t like that, so we’ll say great work, comrade.