Any record clocking in at under thirty-five minutes could easily resemble a throwaway offering if not assembled with due care. For those that embraced debut album ‘Telefone’ so feverishly and traced the path of Fatima Warner, also known as Noname, across projects from Chance The Rapper to Tyler The Creator, it should come as little surprise that ‘Room 25’ packs gorgeous punch after punch, not a second wasted.
Once again favouring the live instrumentation that intricately underpins her languorous delivery, the glacial elegance of ‘Regal’ and infectious funk strut of ‘Part Of Me’ finds Warner effortlessly flitting between two changes of pace, the latter buoyed by turns from Benjamin Earl Turner and collaborator Phoelix.
Even if the delivery is often delicate, the record’s deft lyricism is arresting and unflinching, exploring themes of police brutality on ‘Prayer Song’ and terminal illness on the impeccable ‘Don’t Forget About Me’, while firing the haters a stinging retort on ‘Self’: “Y’all still thought a bitch couldn’t rap, huh?”
‘Room 25’ should find few protesting.
Dig It? Dig Deeper! Little Simz, Tkay Maidza, Chance the Rapper
Words: Lee Wakefield
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