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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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Tommy Revenge & Smokepurpp Releases “Rickstar”

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After selling out his first-ever headline show at Bowery BallroomQueens, NY rapper Tommy Revenge released “Rickstar” featuring Smokepurpp on September, 17, 2021, with Violent Noise Records. “Style is what’s most important to me and my creativity,” Revenge explained. “You could have the same amount of money–if not more–but I guarantee my fits are always going to grab attention.” He continued, “that’s the energy I’m on with this record.”

This is Revenge’s fifth single release of his “Loser” album cycle. In 2019, he released “Dior” and “Prada,” which has seen impressive organic engagement on IG Reels & TikTok. He continues the blonde wave with his upcoming single “Rickstar” inspired by Paris-based American fashion designer Rick Owens.

Revenge explained, “Rickstar is a word I came up with. I’m a Rick Owens fan and also a Rockstar.” In admiration he stated, “Rick and Michelle have always inspired me with the way they go about their collections. They create their own lane. I channel that in my music.” 

The record was produced by Weathrman, a producer trio out of Delaware that have worked with Gorillas, Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Danny Hesher, Social Club Misfits, Nobigdyl, Wordsplayed, amongst others. 

Check it out here today!

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Memphis Rapper FastCash C-Money Releases “Last Day Out” Video

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Life will reveal who is quick to count you out when you are down, something that Memphis rapper FastCash C-Money is familiar with. Releasing the official music video to his latest single “Last Day Out”FastCash C-Money is seen surrounded by his his support system (family and friends). The visual is a realization for C-Money as he’s currently serving time but is expected got be home soon. He continues to change his “ego and his mindset” to become a better man for those around him and to elevate his rap career while leaving the negativity behind. Staying true to himself, FastCash C-Money values the real over the fake any as it’s displayed throughout this video.

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@pittsburghzofr Shares “Wipe Out”

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Last year, Pittsburgh Zo released his debut album titled “Streetz R Us” on July 19th, under his own label, ‘RNC Musik Group’. Showing no signs of slowing down, Zo is now ready to roll-out his next official project, and starts by issuing the lead single titled “Wipe Out.”

Produced by Mercy, “Wipe Out” is the first preview of what we can expect from “Across The Tracks” album, that’s slated to arrive this year, November 25th, 2021. I’m sure Zo has a lot more in store until the project drops, so stay tuned for it all!

Until then, run up “Wipe Out” below, and/or on your preferred DSP.

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