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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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Sham1016’s new EP ‘Fade’ isn’t to be missed

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Los Angeles rapper Sham1016 is known for his vibrant and lively lyricism. His new EP Fade came out earlier this week and it’s the kind of complex listen that sounds great from front to back. You’ll want to get a taste of what this one happens to offer immediately.

Listen to Fade below.

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Teejayx6 collaborates with Metro Boomin for “Online Searching”

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The ascent of Teejayx6 has been something magical to behold. His latest is a collaboration with Metro Boomin called “Online Searching” that continues his journey into scamming but with a more expensive-sounding backdrop. They sound like a natural fit and it’ll be awesome to see how they continue to evolve their relationship. Could they be the new Gucci Mane and Zaytoven?

Listen to “Online Searching” down below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXcZ6IMa7zc

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Chanel Anna Nicole rides “Waves” in new single

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“Waves” is the new single from rising Detroit singer Chanel Anna Nicole. Her sultry voice accompanies gravelly production, giving listeners something to ride to. The video shot in Detroit was directed by acclaimed producer JDI Productions. Chanel is an avid songwriter, but the song was produced by Sean Rocket. Expect more music from Chanel, before the summer ends. 

Listen to “Waves” below.

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