The first time I heard of Noname, it was on Chance The Rapper’s 2013 mixtape Acid Rap. Her verse on “Lost” was bereft with subtle imagery and smooth vocals, things that have since then become trademarks of her eclectic style. In the years since, she’s morphed into one of rap’s most interesting personalities. She forgoes falling into any stereotypes, hardly fitting into the categories that we place rappers into. Her rhymes are crisp and intimate, typically refraining from the overt sexuality exhibited by the Cardi Bs and Nicki Minajs of rap’s elite. She’s a little idea, big picture kind of lyricist that’s necessary in the game.
Her latest album, Room 25 is the kind of introspective, small album that acts as the antithesis to the running theme of 2018 rap: grandiose. Room 25 captures the spirit of Chicago’s jazz and blues, throws in neo-soul aspects in the album’s production, and makes use of poetic elements to create one of the year’s strongest projects. On the album, Noname explores the ins and outs of her mind in such startling ways that we’re often more fearful for her sanity than excited to digest her music. It’s a haunting effect that makes the album that much more brilliant.
Since Noname released Telefone in 2016, her life has changed. Prior to this, she was just another rap hopeful, a brilliant poet looking to translate her grand slam experience into music industry success. Telefone showed the world the extent of her brilliance. Room 25 takes the listener on a journey into her mind, finding the mental changes that come with sudden success. There’s a lot of deep, introspective lyrics, just as there are sexually charged lines that drip with venom. Each utterance of “pussy” sends jolts through the spine.
To get the full extent of Room 25, you’ll need to digest the album for yourself. It’s clear fro a few initial listens that Noname’s new body of work is one of the best you’ll find out currently. Listen to Room 25 below.
@RealRobotJones and @TheTeeta drop a holiday banger in “Sleigh”
Robot and Teeta have a jolly ole’ trap record that’ll get you through the winter holiday. “Sleigh” is an adventurous listen that’ll captivate even the most hesitant of fans with its enrapturing energy. Robot’s forever-weird vocals contrast with Teeta’s magnetic ones perfectly. You’ll enjoy the fierce interplay.
Listen to “Sleigh” below.
@IAMLEVIHINSON’s new album ‘FAREWELL SUMMER’ is out now
Levi Hinson, out of Oklahoma, has his shit together. The 18-year-old rapper has released his new album FAREWELL SUMMER. It’s every bit as smooth and melodic as one would imagine, judging that his last single, “PHANTOM” is every bit as flowing as river water. To see everywhere it can be checked out at, click here.
Check out FAREWELL SUMMER below.
@IAMLEVIHINSON releases new single “PHANTOM”
Hailing from Oklahoma, Levi Hinson is out of this world. His new single “PHANTOM” is magnetic and earnest; a necessary combination to make noise at this level in rap’s extremely busy ecosystem. He croons with effortless ease on “PHANTOM” that makes it one of the strongest tracks you’ll hear this month. Be on the lookout for his new project, FAREWELL SUMMER, dropping in December.
Listen to “PHANTOM” below.