By Omar Sanchez
Updated June 22, 2020 at 10:28 AM EDT
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UPDATE: On Sunday, June 21, Noname apologized for releasing "Song 33" while promising the track would remain available with a portion of its earnings going to "various mutual aids funds."

"i’ve been thinking a lot about it and i am not proud of myself for responding with song 33," she tweeted. "i tried to use it as a moment to draw attention back to the issues i care about but i didn’t have to respond. my ego got the best of me. i apologize for any further distraction this caused."

She added in another tweet, "madlib killed that beat and i see there’s a lot of people that resonate with the words so i’m leaving it up but i’ll be donating my portion of the songs earnings to various mutual aid funds. black radical unity."


Rapper Noname has responded to J.Cole's controversial song "Snow on tha Bluff" with a blistering track of her own. Clocking in at a little over a minute, "Song 33" is a brutally honest reproach of Cole's recent single.

"Little did I know all my reading would be a bother/There's trans women being murdered, and this is all he can offer?" Noname raps over production from Madlib. And: "Look at him go/He really bout to write about me when the world is in smokes?"

In "Snow on tha Bluff," Cole seemed to shade Noname over a since-deleted tweet she wrote that called out top-selling rappers for not using their celebrity to do more in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The key verse:

Cole responded to the backlash by saying he stood by his song. "Right or wrong I can’t say, but I can say it was honest," he tweeted. Later, he asked his followers to follow Noname, saying he loved her and regarded her as a leader during this time. "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 n— like me just be rapping." he wrote. The two had previously collaborated on the song "Warm Enough" in 2015, from Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment's album Surf.

In addition to dropping the song, Noname also used her platform in support of freeing a Black Panther member currently in jail. Listen to "Song 33" above.

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