With the hip-hop landscape on a changing plateau of male dominance, and the talent pool of female MC’s is either growing or growing endangered (depending on where you look). Yet with her poetic sounds and relatability Noname has dialed in her spot as an up and coming rapper, will you answer the call?
With her debut album Telefone, the 25 year-old Chicago native rapper has worked with the likes of artist such as Chance the rapper, Mick Jenkins, Ravyn Lenae and a song featured on the Netflix series Dear White People. Showcasing her wordplay skills and witty delivery on topics of social economics, black america and politics, Noname has been climbing up the ranks of rap popularity. Telefone paints a sunny dispositions of vulnerability mixed with melodic bombastic sounds, and her life of growing up in Chicago Illinois.
Boasting ten tracks, Noname takes you on a journey of many different sounds and self reflections of her life in the “Windy City”. From the upbeat inspirational kickoff track of “Yesterday” to the reason she dropped “gypsy” from her rapper name in the ending track “Shadow Man,” she tackles many relatable topics in the 33 minute run time with nothing feeling out of place or rushed. Though praiseworthy Telefone it does have a drastic change in tone half way into the album, (too me it doesn’t throw off the overall theme) but it may sounds like two different albums in one. Personally I feel it artistically adds to the contrast of area she grew up in.
Overall this is a solid album that sports a lot of real life scenarios in a way that doesn’t come off as preachy or head bashing, and though the tone change can make it seem like it breaks the theme… it’s not a big issue. This album I do recommend for the music listener that likes a more jazz or boom bap sound that delivers good vibes.
9 out of/10
- Reality Check
- Sunny Duet
- All I Need
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