Personal Enjoyment and Rating: 8.5/10
Room 25 is Noname’s debut album, and was released on September 14th, 2018.
This is another project that I’ve been wanting to put out a review for after a while, and after taking a look at The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, I thought how would be a great time to highlight another amazing female rapper, singer, and artist that I enjoy listening to. Seeing as September 18th is also her birthday, now seemed better than ever to post this as well!
I’m always looking for music to put and and relax to with, and although this album is only 35 minutes it’s still pure bliss all the way through. Noname takes a very soft approach in her music and lays down bar after bar all while keeping a cool and whisking timbre. On this project she opens up about her life and most notably about her experiences after moving from Chicago to LA. This move came with a lot of turmoil in her life ranging from a short lived and intense relationship to existential feelings of being lost in her place in the world. This is an album that you can both listen to for the relaxed vibe it gives off, but you can also learn a lot by listening to the lyrics which are always honest and always impactful.
I liked the concept and title of the album that references the way that she lived in and out of hotel rooms at the age of 25 while all of this was happening as well. Every song is like entering a new room and learning something new. Whether it be a short and sweet love song like Regal, a celebratory reflection like Self, or a look at societal problems like Prayer Song. Every song feels unique and special, and it all comes with the texture of a gentle and warm hug. People often complain about female rappers sounding the same and not having anything important to say, but Noname proves that they’re just not looking hard enough or even trying to find female artists that truly have something to say.
If you’re into more relaxing music or something to put on during a drive, then I’d say this album is perfect for you. If jazz rap isn’t your style then it may not be, but I’d still recommend it since Noname is an absolute poet when it comes to verses