Saturday, October 19, 2019

Album Review: Noname Shines with Sophomore LP ‘Room 25’

Coming off of her 2016 self-released debut LP, TelefoneChicago-based rapper Noname (Fatimah Nyeema Warner) picks up right where she left off with her new sophomore smash titled, Room 25. Born and raised in the city’s eccentric youth-poetry scene, Noname has defied the anonymity that her stage name provokes by creating an identity for herself as an expert lyricist, mastering elements of literary phonetics while delivering that package in meticulously crafted rap bars.

The album’s roots can be traced back to Telefone’s smooth, jazzy delivery, but this time, Noname introduces a more extroverted and vulnerable style of storytelling.

If Noname’s opening track, “Self,” is a declaration of her arrival to the game (“Y’all really thought a b—h couldn’t rap, huh?”), then “Window” is an honest revelation of her sexual awakening for an audience that can no longer ignore the fact that she is here to stay. (“Kiss me ’til I drown, everybody think they know me / Don’t nobody really know me.”)

The album consists of a loaded roster of featured artists including producer, lyricist and instrumentalist Phoelix, who has helped to cultivate the musical talent of both Noname and Smino & Saba (featured on Room 25’s track “Ace”).

Each artist brings their own flair to make the record truly stand out.

Room 25 is a refreshing listen from front-to-back and a modern classic for independent music fans. Every track brings something new, and each artist involved offers the listener a candid piece of themselves.

Noname’s latest effort is a clear step above the platform that Telefone initially builtand she has become a more confident musician unafraid to push past the game’s boundaries.

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