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Noname: Song 33 With references to George Floyd and Toyin Salau, “Song 33” by rapper, poet, producer and activist Noname is presumably a response to J Cole’s recent, widely lambasted release, on which he criticizes and tone-polices her. Over the mellow Madlib-produced beat, Noname (aka Fatimah Warner) meditates, “Wow, look at him go / He really ’bout to write about me while the world is in …

Noname: Song 33

With references to George Floyd and Toyin Salau, “Song 33” by rapper, poet, producer and activist Noname is presumably a response to J Cole’s recent, widely lambasted release, on which he criticizes and tone-polices her. Over the mellow Madlib-produced beat, Noname (aka Fatimah Warner) meditates, “Wow, look at him go / He really ’bout to write about me while the world is in smokes? / When …

Noname: Song 32

Rapper/poet/producer Noname (aka Fatimah Nyeema Warner) has returned with another jazzy, charming tune, “Song 32.” Produced by frequent collaborator Phoelix, the song is typically Noname: soulful, smart and sophisticated—all seemingly effortless. The song appears ahead of her Eurpoean tour.