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J. Cole addresses criticism over new song "Snow on Tha Bluff," praises Noname "as a leader in these times"

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J. Cole is giving Chicago rapper Noname flowers after facing backlash for his new song, “Snow on the Bluff.”

Within hours of the song’s release Tuesday night, fans began calling J. Cole misogynistic after speculating the song was about Noname.

“Snow on the Bluff” was written on June 4, according to the song’s lyric video.  Just one day before that, Noname tweeted that she was a “messy [chick] with radical politics.”

J. Cole doesn’t mention Noname in the song.  Instead, he refers to “a young lady out there, she way smarter than me” who often tweets about police brutality, racism, capitalism, in a tone that “bothers” him.

On Wednesday, the North Carolina rapper tweeted he stands “behind every word of the song.” 

“Some assume to know who the song is about,” J. Cole further tweeted. “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.”

He then encouraged fans to follow Noname, whom he said he loves and honors “as a leader in these times” for doing “the reading, listening, and learning on the path that she truly believes [is] the correct one for our people.”

“Meanwhile, a [person] like me just be rapping,” Cole added, before revealing he doesn’t feel “well equipped” to be a leader for the black community during these times.

J. Cole shared his appreciation for Noname and others like her adding, “because they challenge my beliefs, and I feel that in these times, that’s important.”

By Rachel George
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