Rapper Noname criticises Beyonce’s Black Is King

Rapper Noname appears to have thrown shade at Beyonce’s Black Is King, suggesting that the visual album is an ‘African aesthetic draped in capitalism’. 

Beyonce, 38, released Black Is King to Disney Plus last Friday as a celebration of Blackness and featuring songs from her Afro-centric album The Lion King: The Gift. 

The film boasts cameos from the likes of Naomi Campbell, Kelly Rowland and her daughter Blue Ivy, music videos for the songs Brown Skin Girl and Already, as well as a series of stunning eye-catching outfits. 

While most reactions were positive, Noname seemed to accuse the project of cultural appropriation. 

The Chicago-native wrote in a tweet: ‘We love an african aesthetic draped in capitalism. hope we remember the blk folks on the continent whose daily lives are impacted by u.s imperialism. 

‘If we can uplift the imagery i hope we can uplift those who will never be able to access it. black liberation is a global struggle.’ 

‘You calling it an african aesthetic and draped in capitalism is disrespectful to the multiple Africans who worked on this project to show their culture,’ another stated. 

However, some agreed with Noname including one who weighed in: ‘@noname is correct, @beyonce is capitalizing on African Culture and hasn’t stopped in Africa for ANY of her world tours. She hasn’t performed in Africa since 2009…. let that sink in. Also @Disney + doesn’t even stream in AFRICA… so who is this content even for??’ 

Another follower agreed: ‘Facts!!! She ain’t lying … Bey did it before wirh the african choir the HBCU… Plus she ain’t even go to college lol [sic].’ 

In June, Noname is reported to have tweeted and deleted: ‘I wish angela got the love beyonce gets,’ in relation to civil rights activist Angela Davis.

That same month, the rapper clashed with J Cole amid the Black Lives Matter protests.

Beyonce’s Black Is King is available to stream on Disney Plus now.

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