J.Cole and Noname hit the booth this week and laid some internal feelings on the line.
In the midst of the current protesting and activism heights rising, Cole and Noname wasn't sitting eye to eye about things. In a since deleted tweet, Chicago artist Noname felt as if artist with the black struggle embedded in their discography wasn't vocal enough with the current situation. Cole took it upon himself to respond to the matter with 'Snow on tha Bluff'.
"Now I ain't no dummy to think I'm above criticism so when I see something that's valid I listen. But sh*t it's something about the queen's tone that's bothering me."
Albeit that Cole has been protesting since the matter became concerning to the general public. He was found in Ferguson when Mike Brown was killed in 2014, he was out his hometown protesting recently. He knew he wasn't exempt to fair call of action as a black artist with a platform.
Hip-hop will always be a critiqued sport until the end. With the two singles now out, it's fair to say that both artist practiced that. Cole has track record in his discography and works, Noname has the same. Both are worthy of enough respect to be heard in a time like this. Sure enough Noname came right back around with producer Madlib for 'Song33', with the "read the room" vibes.
"Little did I know all my reading would be a bother, it's trans women being murdered and this is all he can offer? And this is what y'all receive distracting you from the convo with organizers. They talking abolishing the police."
Addressing the likes of 19 year-old Oluwatoyin Salau's tragic sexual assualt, kidnapping, and murder that happened the prior week.
"One girl missing, another one go missing."
It's a very sensitive time for the people, and many will continue to voice their displeasure until justice comes and change is for sure. It's hard to tell anyone how to feel, emotion is everywhere.
Right now, a second chance at many things better isn't guaranteed. It's best to come together and focus towards whats important. Women and being assaulted and murdered, men are being killed in the streets, protesting is still going on, and the world didn't stop spinning. Hopefully, a empowering feel will result from these two moving pieces released.
The bigger is still on the horizon with what needs to be gained for the black community. As Noname and Cole both represent, it's best to find common ground. Cole even tweeted out the link to 'Room33', so maybe it's the symbol of a start.
You can stream 'Snow on tha Bluff' and 'Room33' right here if you haven't already. Get in tune with what the two lyricist had to say in full.