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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Los Angeles-based Chicago rapper was self-released.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The Wire
    Oct 16, 2018
    100
    The biggest problem with Noname’s Room 25 is that the opening two tracks, adding up to barely four minutes of music, are just too damn good. ... The rest is merely exceptional. Essential. [Nov 2018, p.68]
  2. 100
    Noname isn’t bringing us a romantic rags-to-riches story; here she acknowledges the pitfalls of fame (as well as the occasional perks) with whip-smart honesty. Just like ‘Telefone’, it’s flawless.
  3. Sep 27, 2018
    90
    Noname leaves little to no room for filler on Room 25, conveying a wide breadth of compelling ideas within 35 minutes. ... Though it can require attention to detail for her words to sink in, she gives off a feeling of effortless and whimsical grace as she speaks from a place of stark honesty over live instrumentation. A complete one-of-one act who continues to grow in real time outside of the limelight, Noname makes a subtle yet strong statement for women providing alternatives to one-dimensional rap archetypes.
  4. Oct 5, 2018
    89
    At just 35 minutes, she's now produced one of the tightest and most complete albums of 2018, while advancing philosophical wax on contextual freedoms of her black body.
  5. Sep 24, 2018
    86
    Noname overwhelmingly succeeds in telling her coming-of-age story where she removes all emotional layers to explore everything from comical socio-political ideology to sexuality minus self-serving preachiness.
  6. Nov 26, 2018
    80
    Days after the album was released, she turned 27, yet she already sounds like a seasoned professional, and the immaculately crafted Room 25 is highly mature and immensely enjoyable. Simply remarkable.
  7. Sep 18, 2018
    70
    With the lyrical talent she shows in places here, the more Noname challenges herself--the deeper she delves into her own mind--the more fascinating, stimulating, and thought-provoking her music will become.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Apr 22, 2019
    10
    dense rap that rewards the listener more with multiple listens. jam packed with clever lyricism. noname is a brilliant writer. she evokes manydense rap that rewards the listener more with multiple listens. jam packed with clever lyricism. noname is a brilliant writer. she evokes many emotions and inspires me greatly. Expand
  2. Sep 17, 2018
    10
    Every song adds something special to the album and demonstrates Noname's incredible ability to tell compelling stories. Telefone was an albumEvery song adds something special to the album and demonstrates Noname's incredible ability to tell compelling stories. Telefone was an album that I've listened to consistently for the last two years - with this new project, Noname manages to match, if not exceed, the bar this album left behind. This is not an album to be missed - a definite highlight of 2018. Expand
  3. Sep 17, 2018
    10
    Congratulations Girl! You Made the Best album of the Year! I am a huge fan of Noname and this album is so true, so herself... I can’t describeCongratulations Girl! You Made the Best album of the Year! I am a huge fan of Noname and this album is so true, so herself... I can’t describe but I loved the lyrics, the production... there’s no bad sog Expand
  4. Jan 18, 2019
    9
    9/10
    In my original review I gave this album a 10/10, but after further listening, I have decided that it can sometimes be repetitive and
    9/10
    In my original review I gave this album a 10/10, but after further listening, I have decided that it can sometimes be repetitive and lacks experimentation, like a lot of jazz rap. It is an amazing album, but not a perfect one. Everything I said in my review below is still true, but I still feel the album could improve in some ways.

    This was my original review:
    10/10
    When I first listened to Telefone in 2016, it was immediately a favorite album of mine. It pulled me into neo-soul/rap, and ever since then I have listened to every bit of music from Noname's whole posse (ie. Saba, Smino, Ravyn Lenae). As much as I enjoyed Care for Me by Saba, I began to miss Noname's hypnotic voice and her distinct sound that originally attracted me to neo-soul/rap. Although I loved Telefone, it certainly was lacking a bit of depth and meaning. Even though Room 25 is just as short as Telefone, it is concise and has a strong and important message. It brings a unique and extraordinary sound to a genre that is otherwise only consistently good. Room 25 is a masterpiece. There is not a single bad track.
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  5. Oct 30, 2018
    8
    A vast sound Library, nice at the same time, adding with Noname's interesting flow, even if her voice be at most acceptable and lessA vast sound Library, nice at the same time, adding with Noname's interesting flow, even if her voice be at most acceptable and less interesting than the rest. Expand
  6. Sep 30, 2018
    7
    Noname comes out with a one of a kind album.

    Her melodic voice fits in a the great smooth jazzy production. Her lyrics are on great letting
    Noname comes out with a one of a kind album.

    Her melodic voice fits in a the great smooth jazzy production. Her lyrics are on great letting us dive into her life, letting us know her with personal rhymes.

    The songs are direct and straight to the point, with no filler content every song holds on it's on story.

    Where she fails in delivery she makes up funny, personal and really good lyrics and rhyme schemes.

    Not something i was costumed to, when listening to rap, but really a good experience, definitely a good album.

    Favorite Tracks: Blaxploitation, Window, Ace, Part of me
    Least Favorite Tracks: Prayer Song, Regal
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  7. Sep 25, 2018
    2
    I failed to find an answer when I asked myself if I will remember anything about this album when I finished listening to it.

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