On this sophomore album, Noname proves to any possible doubters that she is for real. Her debut was certainly no one off as on Room 25 we get to witness the pleasure of Noname blooming before our very eyes.
Chi-Town rapper Noname is back again with her second studio album titled Room 25. Following on from a deep cut debut album, Telefone, Noname has seemingly become more extroverted in her music. “Y’all really thought a bitch couldn’t rap huh?” raps the extravagant spoken word master on the album opener, Self. The 27 year old seems to brimming with more confidence in her own abilities than ever before. It pays dividends throughout an album of soft jazz infused beats as Noname’s soothing tone and massively underrated flow shines through.
Window features not only fellow Chicago artist Phoelix, but it features one of the smoothest string arrangements on a rap album you’ll see for quite some time. The stunning production is more than matched by Noname’s delivery of her lyricism regarding losing her virginity at 25. The song gives of an inspirational vibe as it feels like Noname is at peace with her own story. It’s somewhat reminiscent of a triumphant end sequence to a film.
Each an every song gentley flows throughout your entire being, in the 35 minutes of listening you connect and don’t disconnect until it’s over. The rap game lacks a lot of female work that falls into this jazzy, neo-soul rap genre. It’s part of the reason that this is so damn good and quite frankly, the whole thing sounds sexy as hell.
Montego Bae supports my statement about the sexy sounds. Ravyn Lenae takes over on the hooks of what is very near the top of the heap when it comes to funk. Noname continues what she has in the last six tracks prior, a quality flow with solid wordplay.
Smino and Saba come through with the goods on one of my personal favourites of the album, Ace. The trifecta of rappers go by the name of The GOAT Trio and it’s clear to see why when all they do is drop jewels. Every time they collab together you get three unique yet killer performances and it was no different here.
Benjamin Earl delivers big on Part Of Me alongside Noname and previous collaborator Pheolix. Not just this pair of features, but every feature on the entire album fits the albums concept and mould, it’s clear that Noname’s silky and femine vocals blend beautifully with a male rap artist, it begs the question why the biggest males rappers in the game generally don’t have female rappers on their work.
On this sophomore album, Noname proves to any possible doubters that she is for real. Her debut was certainly no one off as on Room 25 we get to witness the pleasure of Noname blooming before our very eyes. The evolution is real and it’s a beautiful sight, one can only hope it continues so we can get blessed with more and more amazing music.