WATCH: Noname Sends Up Anti-Black Fear in New Music Video

By Sameer Rao Dec 04, 2018

Noname calls out the absurdity of anti-Black stereotypes in "Blaxploitation," the second song from her acclaimed debut album, "Room 25." Consider these lyrics from the first verse:


I’m struggling to simmer down, maybe I’m an insomni-Black
rnttBad sleep triggered by bad government
rnttWrite a think piece in the rap song, the new age covenant
rnttIf you really think I’m cooking crack, then pass me the oven mitts

The Chicago rapper and poet leans into this critique in her new and first-ever music video for the song, which she released today (December 4). Watch as her effortless rhymes cascade over director Alex Lill‘s surreal clip, in which White news anchors and viewers freak out as a Black child innocently walks through empty streets.