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J. Cole recently dropped a new song entitled “Snow On Tha Bluff,” which has caused speculation that he targeted retired Chicago rapper and activist Noname.

On the track, J. Cole talks about scrolling through an unnamed woman’s social media timeline.  “She mad at the celebrities, low key I be thinkin’ she talking bout me,” Cole raps.

“But [expletive], it’s something about the queen tone that’s bothering me.” Fans have speculated that J. Cole was referring to Noname, who recently called out mainstream rappers for not speaking out after the murder of George Floyd.

After Cole’s new song was released, Noname tweeted,  “QUEEN TONE!!!!!!” in a now-deleted tweet. On Wednesday (June 17), J. Cole took to twitter and addressed the speculation, writing “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,” Cole continued. “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 conversations and criticisms.” The North Carolina rapper then told his fans to follow Noname before tweeting his feelings about the retired rapper and activist.

“I love and honor her as a leader in these times,” he wrote. “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.” In conclusion, Cole tweeted, “We may not agree with each other but we gotta be gentle with each other.”

Ever since J. Cole dropped KOD in 2018, he’s been teasing a new project entitled The Fall Off, which doesn’t have a release date. Cole was also slated to host his Dreamville Festival this year. However,  like many other events, it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Listen to “Snow On Tha Bluff” below.


Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.