A few days ago, Noname released a new track called “Song 33.” It was a response to J. Cole’s recent “Snow On Tha Bluff,” which referenced a tweet Noname sent out calling out some of rap’s biggest stars for not speaking up about the recent protests. It was a quietly confident takedown, over and done with in 70 seconds: “Little did I know all my reading would be a bother/ It’s trans women being murdered and this is all he can offer?” she rapped on it.
Today, Noname has issued an apology for releasing the Madlib-produced song. “i’ve been thinking a lot about it and i am not proud of myself for responding with song 33,” she wrote in a tweet. “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 continued: “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.”