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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: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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. Sep 26, 2018
    80
    Room 25 packs gorgeous punch after punch, not a second wasted.
  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: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Sep 27, 2018
    10
    She as a songwriter knows exactly how she have to manage her voice to make it sound perfect with the beat, also she uses some things you canShe as a songwriter knows exactly how she have to manage her voice to make it sound perfect with the beat, also she uses some things you can experience in your daily live and makes it so beautiful and poetic. The album put together makes total sense, making you drown in some relax vibes and singing along. 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. 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
  5. 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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  6. Sep 19, 2018
    6
    Nice word play but she talks and puts no effort into it, rap isn't talking it's about changing your tone & delivery I was quite boredNice word play but she talks and puts no effort into it, rap isn't talking it's about changing your tone & delivery I was quite bored throughout & once again this site got the ratings wrong. Not bad but nowhere near an 8 more effort next time. Expand
  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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