Noname has shared a new track titled ‘Song 33’, seemingly in response to J. Cole’s suspected criticism of her. The song, which is the rapper’s first solo single of 2020 following ‘Song 31’ and ‘Song 32’ last year, is produced by Madlib. Check it out below.
The track comes two days after the release of J. Cole’s ‘Snow on Tha Bluff’, in which it was speculated that he was rapping about Noname. “Just ’cause you woke and I’m not / That shit ain’t no reason to talk like you better than me,” Cole raps in the song.
The rapper was quick to bounce back from criticism, writing on Twitter: “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. We may not agree with each other but we gotta be gentle with each other.”
In her new song, Noname seems to hit back at Cole: “Wow look at him go/He really ’bout to write about me while the world is in smokes?” she raps. “When his people in trees, when George was begging for his mother saying he couldn’t breathe/you thought to write about me?”
Noname also shared the song’s lyrics in a screenshot posted to Twitter, which you can read below. Her last album was 2018’s Room 25. She recently launched a book club with the aim of highlighting “progressive work from writers of Color and writers within the LGBTQ community.”
— Noname (@noname) June 18, 2020