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J. Cole applauds Noname’s leadership in police reform efforts

“I love and honor her as a leader in these times,” he tweeted after dropping “Snow on tha Bluff.”

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Tuesday evening (June 16), J. Cole shared a new single called “Snow on tha Bluff” that addresses the current Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality protests. After releasing the track, the Dreamville boss took to Twitter to further explain his lyrics.

“Morning. I stand behind every word of the song that dropped last night,” Cole tweeted on Wednesday (June 17).

“Right or wrong I can’t say, but I can say it was honest.”

Some fans speculated that the track’s opening lyrics were a response to Chicago rapper and activist Noname.

“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 ni**as, 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,” Cole spits.

However, in response to fans’ speculation, Cole instead applauded Noname’s leadership and encouraged his fans to follow her on Twitter.

“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,” Cole wrote. “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 ni**a 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,” he continued. “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.”

The Grammy Award-winning artist ended with, “We may not agree with each other but we gotta be gentle with each other.”

See Cole’s Twitter thread below.

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