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.
From ‘604$tunna,’ 604Blizzy x Lil Jjay Drops “3AM” Visual
Available now on Double Up Entertainment, “3AM” shows the two new stars hitting the city in the freshest wardrobe with a pocket full of big faces and big boy rides. The two trade verses filled with slick talking, bravado, and warning of being the next big acts in today’s music. “3AM” is the perfect origin point for newfound fans of the two stars as they ascend to new heights and 604Blizzy’s album ascends to one of the hottest projects of 2023.
604$tunna is an eight-track collaboration project that features RJ Lamont, Al, and Intense. Along with “3AM,” the project includes other breakout tracks such as “Pourin’ Up In $icily,” “Triple Threat,” and “Grey Cup.” The new project follows 604Blizzy’s 2021 collaboration album, First Take with Intense.
From an early age, 604Blizzy immersed himself in the world of hip-hop, initially captivated by Tupac during his kindergarten years. His journey led him to develop a deep appreciation for Pimp C from UGK, as well as legendary figures in Houston rap and California’s G-funk and gangster rap scenes, including Spice 1 and Death Row Records. The culmination of these influences is evident in 604Blizzy’s music, a dynamic fusion of trap sounds heavily influenced by the Detroit scene.
Watch “3AM” below, and stream the full album, here.
Iman Fandi Drops “Baseball Bat”
Model/athlete/singer-songwriter Iman Fandi recently released her fifth single “Baseball Bat” under Universal Music. The 23-year-old daughter of Singaporean footballer legend Fandi Ahmad and South African-born former model Wendy Jacobs, Iman broke out as an artist in 2021 with her single “Timeframe” (watch the official music video on Youtube), followed by singles like “Love Me Little More” (stream on Youtube) which racked up over a million Spotify streams. “Baseball Bat” unveils a concealed side of Iman – a silent rebel amidst the glitz and glam of social media. Fearless and bold, she sings “When life sucks, makes you feel so bad – hit it right back like a baseball bat.” As a model, Iman has graced the cover of Harper’s BAZAAR and Elle Magazine, and is a familiar face to brands such as Louis Vuitton, Adidas, Coach, YSL Beauty and more. With exciting collaborations in the near future, Iman is currently working on her debut album, set for 2024.
Ify P Reveals New Single “Swish”
For all of the money getters and ballers of the world Ify P blesses you with a upbeat and vibish new track titled “Swish.” You can be crossing up people on the court and counting up racks with the gang if this latest offering from Ify P added to your daily music rotation.
It’s a fun and energetic single that showcases the potential hit making ability this DMV native has. It is so good that even NBA 2k24 has supported it and makes it a focal point every time you check turn on the game.
“Swish” also serves as a preview to the expansive amounts of music and moves Ify P plans to make in 2024. He wanted to end his 2023 with a bang and “Swish” sets himself up as a artist to watch out for 2024 and beyond.
Stream “Swish” below.