Noname Pushes Back Against 'Woke Mob,' Defends Jay Electronica Collaboration

The Chicago native has come under fire for collaborating with the controversial "Exhibit C" rapper despite her progressive politics.

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Noname has addressed the "woke mob" that has something to say about her upcoming collaboration with Jay Electronica titled "Balloons." 

On Friday, the Telefone rapper took to Twitter with a series of tweets aimed at the critics who weren't feeling her pairing up with the Louisiana native on the new track that also features R&B singer Eryn Allen Kane. The record is scheduled to drop on July 21, but it seems fans aren't trying to hear it.

Fans of Noname noted the hypocrisy of collaborating with Electronica, who has faced accusations of anti-Semitism, while being a longstanding progressive.

She sparred with several people on Twitter, defending Electronica while also challenging others for listening to rappers that consistently disrespect women. She even brought up others who have featured Jay Electronica on their respective projects with seemingly no criticism.

"Been seeing a lot of critiques about my choice to include jay on my song. If you disagree with his political and religious beliefs that's fine," she tweeted. "But to compare him to hitler? a man responsible for the extermination of millions is wild as fuck to me. it's truly not that deep"

She continued, "N****s legit rap about actual murder and sexual assault that they commit in real life and y'all can't take a jay elect verse? please drink water and be safe out here [praying hands emoji] i'll see y'all when my album drop in a few weeks. sending love and prayers."

Things had gotten to the point that Noname threatened to shelve her highly anticipated album Sundial but would still release the single. "Oh the song fa sho coming out lol. the album is another story. i'm good on the selective outrage. anyways hip hop is in a great place right now. another noname album ain't really necessary," she wrote.

Over the years, Jay Electronica has ruffled a few feathers over various things he's said. He came to Nick Cannon's defense when the media mogul called a renowned rabbi a "coward" and a "devil," according to Okayplayer. In January of last year, he got a face tattoo in honor of Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan.

In 2012, Electronica released the track "Bitches and Drugs," in which he refers to himself as "Jaydolf Spitler, rap Hitler." He further fueled rumors with his continued support for Kanye West despite the Chicago rap legend's anti-Semitic remarks last year. 

Check out more of Noname's tweets below.

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