Noname Threatens to Scrap Album Release After Backlash to Jay Electronica Feature

"y'all don't want the album. fine"

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jul 14, 2023

Yesterday, Noname announced the forthcoming release of "balloons" — the first single from her long-awaited follow-up to 2018's Room 25, Sundial. The track is set to feature guest appearances from Jay Electronica and Eryn Allen Kane.

While the response to the news was mostly excitement over the promise of new music from Noname, some fans took issue with the artist's decision to work with the rapper born Elpadaro F. Electronica Allah due to his affiliation with the Nation of Islam (NOI) and its outwardly antisemitic leader, Louis Farrakhan. In light of the backlash against Jay Elect, Noname has threatened to scrap the album release.

"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?" Noname began in a series of now-deleted tweets defending the collaboration [via The Fader].

Some fans are pointing to Jay Electronica's 2012 song "Bitches and Drugs," where he refers to himself as "Jaydolf Spitler, rap Hitler" — as well as the rapper's ongoing support for Hitler fan Kanye West in spite of his antisemitic diatribes — to make a case for Jay Elect being an antisemite.

Griping about how she's viewed as "the mascot for the woke mob," Noname called out Twitter users for drawing comparisons between NOI, a largely nonviolent organization, and the Nazi party. "If you disagree with [Jay Electronica's] political and religious beliefs, that's fine," she said, "but to compare him to Hitler, a man responsible for the extermination of millions, is wild as fuck to me."

After growing increasingly defensive in her Twitter rant, Noname wrote, "y'all don't want the album. fine."

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