Last Friday, the film Judas and The Black Messiah—along with its star-studded soundtrack—released to rave reviews. The film is already generating tons of Oscar buzz and the soundtrack features high profile songs from JAY-Z, Nipsey Hussle, A$AP Rocky, as well as a number of Chicago rappers like Polo G, Lil Durk, and G Herbo. But one Chicago artist you don’t see on the tracklist is the outspoken rapper Noname. As it turns out, she was asked to be on the project but passed after seeing the film.
In a series of tweets last week, Noname explained how she was supposed to appear on the track “Plead The .45” alongside her Ghetto Sage cohorts Smino and Saba. She decided against it after watching the movie, which she still praised for its acting and cinematography.
Assuming Noname’s second tweet meant to say “aren’t,” her critique of the film rings true. Judas and the Black Messiah does indeed focus on FBI informant William O'Neal (played by Lakeith Stanfield) and his motivations, rather than black revolutionary activist Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya).
While the film has earned mostly positive reviews, not everyone was happy, including Vulture critic Angelica Jade, who Noname also thanked in another tweet.
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