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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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SF Rapper @whoisgval Drops New Project ‘Still Here’

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San Francisco rapper GVAL unveils the release of his new project, Still Here—listen HERE. The eight-track offering boasts features from Made Jones, Shy 291, and fast-rising Bay Area star Lil Bean.

Speaking on the new project, GVAL shares, “Still Here was about surviving 2020. Since the year started I have lost a lot. real close friends as well as family! It took a lot out of me and this EP was me letting out those emotions. Very therapeutic you would say.”

Following the release of Still Here, GVAL will continue to unload several music videos and new music for fans alike to enjoy.  San Fransico’s G Val is ready to blow. Tune in for more!

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@SantaSallet Drops “Just Another Tuesday”

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Santa Sallet releases his new single “Just Another Tuesday” produced by Nemizzo. The track will appear on his upcoming album titled Plutography. “I was driving home from work chatting to Nemizzo when he played this beat. I spit a freestyle and knew I had to get home and finish this track before my genius escaped me. For you, this may be a hit, but for MSP, it was Just Another Tuesday.”


Santa Sallet, real name Yannick Sallet, is a rapper and producer based in Washington, DC. Nostalgic for hip-hop’s golden era, and inspired by a worldly upbringing, Sallet’s sound is confident, versatile, and playful. Unified by a consistent flow and anecdotal lyrics, his self-produced mixtape “Plutography” is experimental and eclectic, blending salsa beats, southern trap and eastern jazz with classic and conventional rap samples.

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@KnightTheBB Shares “Beautiful Boy” LP

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Over the past few years, Southern California rapper BBKnight has been actively building an engaging fanbase and a strong catalog. Bursting on the scene in 2017 with his Lonewolf directed video, “Zines,” he’s since followed that up with another video with Lonewolf, an array of well-received singles and his acclaimed 2020 full length, Industry’s Unaccepted, which featured BigBabyGucci and ILYHOOK. Looking to solidify the buzz that’s been surrounding his name, he returns to the forefront with his long-awaited new album, Beautiful Boy.

Featuring production from Harold HarperIndigoFernospazzin and more, Beautiful Boy finds BBKnight performing at the absolute height of his abilities. With only three features on the project, and two of them coming from inside his camp, he spends the 12 songs actively showcasing his progression as an artist. Songs like, “Mathematics” “Reach For The Moon” and “She Got Love For Me,” highlight a newfound ability to relate to the listener instead of always flexing on them, while, “Nickname Should of Been” “Beautiful Boy,” and “New State,” will keep core fans who are looking for that happy as well.

The main gem of the project, though, is “4 Way.” Produced by OB and Fernospazzin, this upbeat, festive record has already been placed on official Apple Music playlists such as New in Hip-Hop and The Plug

Check it out today!

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