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Universal acclaim- based on 243 Ratings

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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: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Jan 3, 2020
    10
    It is an extremely amazing and true album. Noname presents your world, your life, your being! "She makes Room 25" a complete work, with jazzIt is an extremely amazing and true album. Noname presents your world, your life, your being! "She makes Room 25" a complete work, with jazz touches that sweeten her rap, talking about her stuff more personal than you have ever lived in your life. "Room 25" shows the strength and voice of the American black woman. Expand
  2. 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
  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. Sep 21, 2018
    7
    After Listening to Room 25 a few times, a great sense of relaxation is felt through not only the beats themselves, but the lyrics thatAfter Listening to Room 25 a few times, a great sense of relaxation is felt through not only the beats themselves, but the lyrics that accompany them. Noname's voice perfectly compliments the chilled out beats and flow of the tracks.

    Although this is an impressively made album, it does feel like a lot of the tracks meld together and you get lost as to which track you are listening to. The similarities of the tracks sometimes works for artists, but with Noname, I think it takes away from her lyrical and techincal skill.
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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. Aug 21, 2019
    0
    0 bars and a very sloppily put together album. Not something you should waste your time with.

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