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Music To Check Out: NoName’s ‘Room 25’

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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.

 

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Lil Lake drops “Thinking Back”

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Lil Lake is finally back after a long break from releasing music with his new track titled “Thinking Back.” Lake decided to step back from releasing music in May to focus on the quality of his songs. But it’s safe to say that lake is back, with no features, this new song has already racked up hundreds of thousands of streams in its opening week. It’ll appear on his forthcoming project, Lake’s World.

Check “Thinking Back” below.

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Tommy Swisher goes in on “Bling! Bling!”

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Tommy Swisher is back with a new vibe this year. Today Tommy gives us his first single titled “Bling! Bling!” off his forthcoming mixtape, “This Is About Me” expected to drop sometime in Spring. It’s a catchy ass song that features action-packed lyricism to keep you amped.

Check out “Bling! Bling” below.

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Jvaanz drops “Stuntin”

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Toronto’s emerging artist Jvaanz release “Stuntin” his first single of the year accompanied with a lyric video that is stunning shot in the crisp of winter. The song brings a smooth blend of RnB, Pop, and trap soul sounds to your ears. Jvanz discusses the millennial issue of girls playing cat and mouse with guys, even though the lush is there it’s a chasing game and a game he makes clear he isn’t willing to play.

Jvanz ended 2019 strong performing a sold-out show on Yung Tory “Picture That Tour” and at the university Halloween fest event with over 500 people in attendance including securing 100K streams on his last single “Delusional,” which landed #2 on the trending charts AudioMack and appearing on a Spotify Billboard in New York Times Square. He is undoubtedly an artist to keep on your watch list. 

Check out “Stuntin” below.

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