Rappers Come to Noname’s Defense After J. Cole’s Diss Track


Earl Sweatshirt, Chance the Rapper, and more chimed in to defend Noname on Wednesday afternoon.

On Tuesday night, J. Cole shocked the rap world with his track “Snow on the Bluff.” The track seemed to take aim at Chicago MC Noname. Apparently, Cole felt insulted by a now-deleted tweet from Noname.

“Poor black folks all over the country are putting their bodies on the line in protest for our collective safety,” she wrote. “And y’all favorite top selling rappers not even willing to put a tweet up. Niggas whole discographies be about black plight and they no where to be found.”

By Wednesday afternoon, many rappers aired their concerns with J. Cole. Cole attempted to patch things up, but the damage was done.

“Follow @noname,” he wrote.” I love and honor her as a leader in these times. 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. Meanwhile a nigga like me just be rapping.”

“So you try policing her tone in a song?” Kari Faux responded.

Chance the Rapper, who’s friends with both rappers, tweeted: “Yet another L for men masking patriarchy and gaslighting as constructive criticism…it’s not constructive and undermines all the work Noname has done. It’s not BWs job to spoon feed us. We grown.”

Earl Sweatshirt chimed in, speaking out on the song and Cole’s devoted fanbase as well. “First truth of many is that the shit was just corny,” he tweeted. “It would b like on one of the nights following [George Floyd’s] death if a white rapper made a “im uneducated on ur plight” track.”

“What if yall are mad at yourselves that you look to cole for more than he has to give,” he continued. “Bro just laid his cards down on the table ‘i went to college, i dont know stuff.”

Brooklyn MC Medhane simply tweeted “I’m with [Mike] and we bumpin Noname.”

“If Cole has a problem with Noname there is no way in the whole wide world that he’s dumb enough to send bars at her,” Open Mike Eagle wrote. “That would be dumb on 5 to 7 different levels.”

Torry Threadcraft

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