Album Spotlight: Telefone

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?  ba99f8be65245a0069e98ca94acf3000

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

Notable Tracks:

  • Reality Check
  • Sunny Duet
  • Forever
  • All I Need

Live awesome, and peace to the planet

-Kelby

That “Damn” Kendrick

 

No matter where you stand with Kendrick Lamar, he’s been setting levels within the hip-hop community ever since his 2012 debut album “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”. Yet now on the cusp of his fourth studio album, that features the kiltered sounds of tracks like “Humble” that fired veiled shots at Big Sean (and potentially Drake) or the lyrically impressive promo “The Heart Part 4,” I’m personally not mad at the album.

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Though a spark of controversy, the album bolsters an impressive 14 tracks. With single-word-titled cuts like “Lust,” “Love,” “Fear,” and, perhaps the  most oddly titled of all, “Duckworth”. Now, with Kendrick headlining Coachella and a live stream courtesy of Youtube, To Pimp a Butterfly and Good Kid M.A.A.D City are considered classics…. Could he go for a three-peat?