Noname Apologizes for J. Cole Response: 'My Ego Got the Best of Me'

Mahlik Campbell

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: Noname performs onstage at the Pavilion during the 2017 Panorama Music Festival - Day 2 at Randall's Island on July 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Panorama)

Though many fans appreciated Noname's move to address J. Cole's controversial song "Snow On Tha Bluff," the Chicago artist isn't so sure she did the right thing. 😅

In a pair of tweets on Sunday, Noname expressed some regret related to her recent Madlib-produced response track directed at J. Cole, titled "Song 33."

She wrote that while her intention was to use the song "as a moment to draw attention back to the issues i care about," she feels that her "ego got the best of me" and apologized for "any further distraction" that was created.

For the time being, Noname has decided to leave the song on streaming services, as "madlib killed that beat" (facts) and she's seen "a lot of people that resonate with the words."

Now, all of the money she makes off "Song 33" will be given to "various mutual aid funds," which aim to curb social issues, like the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities and widespread hunger, through community work.

Released on Juneteenth, Noname went directly at J. Cole on the three verse, 70-second track after he criticized her "queen tone" on his surprise single "Snow On Tha Bluff."

Most of Noname's disses, or defenses, depending on how you look at the situation, focus on the fact that Cole put so much effort into writing about her social commentary, rather than addressing the headline issues of police brutality and systemic racism.

"He really 'bout to write about me when the world is in smokes? / When it's people in trees? / When George was beggin' for his mother, saying he couldn't breathe / You thought to write about me?" she raps at the conclusion of the second verse.

Noname's final line – "I'm the new vanguard" – appears to be one of the most appreciated bars on the song. A group of protesters recently plastered the empowering phrase across their Black Lives Matter signs.