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J. Cole, the patron saint of woke raps and making you feel smarter than everyone else for listening to him, released a new song in this critical moment in Black history. Did he talk about George Floyd? Did he talk about COVID-19? Protesting? Uh, not exactly.

Cole’s song, “Snow On Tha Bluff” has lyrics like
“My IQ is average, there’s a young lady out there, she way smarter than me
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

He decided instead to talk about how Noname hurt his feelings with one tweet.

Her tweet said “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****s whole discographies be about black plight and they no where to be found.”

THIS is what he decided to rap about? How a Black woman needs to hold his hand to the promised land? He is rightfully getting destroyed for it.

This morning he tweeted out some thoughts:

“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 n**** 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.”

The internet is still relentlessly dragging him for his misguided music. Hit the flip to see all of it.

“Jermaine wilding. We saw Noname do the work in real time to inform herself on these issues. Vividly remember her owning up to how wrong she was about capitalism after twitter lit her ass up for going to bat for it. Cole could’ve been informing himself too.”

“J. Cole in a couple weeks:

“Welcome to the show Jermaine””

“J Cole was one of the few celebrities that came out to join the BLM protest and people for one reason or the other want to drag him. What do human beings actually want from this man?”

“J Cole is representing the “politic” of a lot of cishet Black men. So many BW have put in the effort to politically educate ourselves, create forms of communal learning & develop a collective politic and because they will not, they attempt to gaslight, humiliate and undermine us.”

“Black women: We need to dismantle misogyny in our community (as if the murder, rape and assault of black women wasn’t obvious enough)

J Cole:”

“Noname literally just said her capitalism tweet forced her to READ and Jermaine talking about “not all of us were born conscious””

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“One time I DJ’d an after party. J Cole showed up. He sent someone over from his crew to tell me he didn’t like the way I was mixing – “playing songs for too long”. He later took the aux cord, played Red Hot Chili Peppers, and stopped cause no one was into it. Much love to Noname.”

“J Cole asking a Black woman who very publicly educated herself on these very issues to hold his hand and walk him through this learning process”

“J. Cole really coulda just said “i don’t like to listen to black women” in a statement”

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