Rapper Noname has responded to her own track ‘Song 33’, now saying she regrets responding to J. Cole on the track and blamed her “ego” for the incident.
The single, released alongside Madlib, is seemingly responding to J. Cole’s song ‘Snow Tha Bluff’ on which Cole allegedly tried to fire shots at the young rapper.
“He really ’bout to write about me while the world is in smokes,” she rapped on the new song. “When his people in trees, when George was begging for his mother saying he couldn’t breathe, you thought to write about me?”
It was a bar that caused Noname to reflect on why she was sending for the rapper and whether, considering the current civil rights environment, it was the right distraction to be making.
“I’ve been thinking a lot about it and I am not proud of myself for responding with song 33,” wrote Noname 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. I apologise for any further distraction this caused.”
The rapper has now pledged that she will be donating her portion of the proceeds of the song to a few mutual aid funds.
Though neither musician explicitly referenced the name of one another in their tracks, it seems clear that the pair are set to clash some time soon. Cole responded to a tweet from Noname, which referenced Cole’s lyrics Noname said was about her, by saying: “She has done and is doing the reading and the listening and the learning on the path that she truly believes is the correct one for our people,” he wrote. “We may not agree with each other but we gotta be gentle with each other.”
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 ✊?