Nameless invites artists to start black art ‘Save the Gate’

Noname urged black artists to come together to create social change by limiting the amount of access they give to their art through white-owned platforms.

On Thursday (January 19), the rapper and activist shared a long message divided into four images in the form of a slideshow on Instagram. In it, Noname began with a statement about the many ways black art could be accessed by white consumers.

“One of the biggest mistakes I believe we’ve made in our liberation fight in this country is allowing white America unfettered access to our entire culture,” she wrote. White America has created an institution of police violence and medical negligence that kills us every day. And every day we access their platforms (TikTok, Twitter, etc.) and create trends, music, art, and language that they are turning to by the billions.”

After stating that she believes social media is sometimes manipulated by law enforcement officials, Nonami called out the nonchalant attitude white consumers seem to have when it comes to music “about the plight of living or struggling to get out of it”.

She went on to draw comparisons between hip hop and the evolution of blues, adding that both genres have predominantly white audiences.

“Don’t you ever think, maybe white people are not organizing to end the economic/racial exploitation that black people face just because they like consuming the art we make to survive,” the Chicago native said.

Instead of a complaint-filled rant, Noname also included what it considered to be one solution to the perceived problem before asking fans to drop their thoughts in the commentary.

“As black artists creating black art, we have a responsibility to our society and culture,” she wrote. “I understand the need to survive under capitalism but there is strength in teamwork! What would it look like if we all said, unless festivals, live broadcasts and social media put 10% of their profits into a community black fund that we use to house and feed people, we won’t contribute our content yet right Now “.

The “Song 33” rapper anticipated questions from her followers, and also spoke about her upcoming Coachella appearance in the post titled, “Gate Keep.”

“I’m about to play Coachella because I need to bake,” she explained. “Trust me, I am not above anyone else, but if there is a mass boycott where all black artists refuse to share our work unless we see a drastic change in our circumstances, I will do so at once.”

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Noname’s lyrics seemed to resonate with a number of her fans, garnering more than 42,000 likes and more than 1,100 comments in just eight hours. Before closing comments, the 31-year-old engaged in a dialogue with those who offered their thoughts on the idea of ​​keeping the gate open, and even those who challenged her stance.

When a commenter brought up Coachella, Noname reiterated that she wasn’t in a position to turn down the act, reminding her followers that she did, in fact, walk away from performing at one point.

“I stopped playing shows for years! For the exact reason I’m talking about nothing happened,” Se answered. “I’m not an old enough artist for them to care about. Sorry but I’m not about to be a street mom unless every artist is willing to make that sacrifice. I almost [did] This shit will never happen again.”

Noname’s Coachella show is set to take place on the same day that Frank Ocean returns to the stage for his first performance at the festival in the decade.

He’ll headline both Sundays, and fans are already theorizing that he’ll be releasing new music ahead of the festival, which will be back at the Empire Polo Club in Indio for the weekends of April 14-16 and April 21-23.

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