J Cole’s latest song, “Snow On Tha Bluff.” is currently generating so much controversy on the current political climate, including police brutality and race relations, and many alluded that he was referring to Chicago rapper Noname, an outspoken political activist on social media.
In the track, J Cole is against being anti-radical and pro constructive and respectful conversation. He criticized the idea that you have to be rude and angry towards people that want to be apart of your cause.
The general issues that come with online activism and showing better ways to create change. “It’s more effective to treat people like children Understand the patience needed to grow None of us seen this before We gotta learn as we go”
This generated a lot of backlashes, from many people who concluded that he was attacking Noname based on what she said in the past when she insinuated that;
Poor black folks over the country are putting their bodies on the line in protest for our collective safety and yall favourite top-selling rappers not even willing to put a tweet-up, ”Niggas whole discographies are about black plight and they nowhere to be found”…. Noname tweeted
In what appears to be a response from J Cole, he dropped the latest song, “Snow On Tha Bluff”
He goes on to claim that her methods may be less effective because of her “tone,” and suggests she treat people more like children if she wants to get more people on her side:
In response to the backlashes, J Cole addressed the situation, while admitting that he has not been reading and advised his fans to follow Noname.
Morning. I stand behind every word of the song that dropped last night. Right or wrong I can’t say, but I can say it was honest.
Some assume to know who the song is about. That’s fine with me, it’s not my job to tell anybody what to think or feel about the work. I accept all conversation and criticisms. But, Let me use this moment to say this,
Follow @noname . 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.
I haven’t done a lot of reading and I don’t feel well equipped as a leader in these times. But I do a lot of thinking. And I appreciate her and others like her because they challenge my beliefs and I feel that in these times that’s important. We may not agree with each other but we gotta be gentle with each other.
Good thing he admitted that he hasn’t been reading and acknowledged the substance of a black woman who is more informed and principled.