The Chicago rapper Noname, formerly Noname Gypsy, has done some great work on other people’s records in recent years; “Israel (Sparring),” the collaborative track with Chance The Rapper that she released last year, was an absolute killer. And last night, Noname finally released her own full-length. It’s called Telefone, and it’s a warm, expansive, jazzy, positive-minded piece of work that toes the line between rap and neo-soul. The album features contributions from people like Raury, Saba, and theMIND, and it slots in nicely alongside recent efforts from people like Jamila Woods and Joey Purp in the recent wave of Chicago music that our own Collin Robinson wrote about here. Below, stream Telefone.
Right now, this appears to be a SoundCloud-only affair, like so many of these recent Chicago albums.