Noname and J. Cole became trending topics after they both dropped diss tracks about one another during the height of the 2020 protests. Now Noname claims she spoke to the Dreamville rapper before and after he dropped “Snow tha Bluff” which allegedly was about their feud.
It started out when Noname — who is also a rapper and known for advocating for Black literacy through her popular book list — tweeted out in a now-deleted tweet per HotNewHipHop, “Poor Black folks all over the country are putting their bodies on the line in protest for our collective safety and y’all favorite top selling rappers not even willing to put a tweet up. N—– whole discographies be about Black plight and they no where to be found.”
Noname never dropped who exactly she was talking about but J. Cole — whose lyrics are often about uplifting the Black community — responded the best way he knows how through his music. Cole released “Snow tha Bluff” two weeks after Noname’s tweet went viral. Within the first verse, the Dreamville icon rapped (per Genius):
I scrolled through her timeline in these wild times, and I started to read
She mad at these crackers, she mad at these capitalists, mad at these murder police
She mad at my n—–, she mad at our ignorance, she wear her heart on her sleeve
She mad at the celebrities, lowkey I be thinkin’ she talkin’ ’bout me
Now I ain’t no dummy to think I’m above criticism
So when I see something that’s valid, I listen
But s—, it’s something about the queen tone that’s botherin’ me
Cole never admits that the “queen” he is speaking of is Noname but Noname responded to the beef when she dropped, “Song 33” which she opened up in a Rolling Stone interview that she immediately regretted.
“I knew people were going to take it how they were going to take it. I knew that people were likely to think I was either talking about Kendrick [Lamar] or [J.] Cole,” she said. She later mentioned that she spoke on the phone to the Forest Hills native but her tweet never came up in the conversation.
“We’ve had each other’s numbers for a few years and we’d text little s—, but my friend came up with this idea to have artists sign this open letter to the industry that [said] we were going to refuse to perform at venues or spaces that hire police,” she said.
Noname also mentioned that they even spoke after “Snow tha Bluff” was released and that she didn’t believe him when he said that the song wasn’t about her.
“He had mentioned the fact that he was making music again: He just made this song, he’s really into it. I’m not thinking this n—- just wrote a song about me.”
She added: “He was apologetic and like, ‘The song wasn’t really about you, it was more like, it’s about a type of person on the internet.'”
That last phone call didn’t end too well, as Noname described in the interview which led her to release her diss track back, “Song 33” calling out the Dreamville rapper per Genius:
But n—– in the back, quiet as a church mouse
Basement studio when duty calls to get the verse out
I guess the ego hurt now
It’s time to go to work, wow, look at him go
He really ’bout to write about me when the world is in smokes?
When it’s people in trees?
When George was beggin’ for his mother, saying he couldn’t breathe
You thought to write about me?
Take a listen to the tracks below: