Two years on from her breakthrough mixtape, Room 25 is finally set to land
After teasing her new album back in July, Noname is finally ready to release Room 25, the follow-up to her breakthrough 2016 mixtape Telefone. The Chicago rapper announced the project in a fairly low-key fashion, tweeting out its title and its release date, September 14, yesterday alongside its cover art.
A press release explains that Room 25, like Telefone, will be released independently, and that it was made following two years of international live shows with a full band, refining her craft. The artwork was made by Chicago artist Bryant Giles.
Last year, Noname spoke to Dazed about her upcoming new music. “My voice has changed since then (Telefone). I sound so young,” she said, adding that the new album wouldn’t be quite as PG-rated in tone: “My next album, it’s not gonna be that girl.”
Elsewhere in the feature, the rapper and poet said: “There’s just so much more that I wanna do and tap into, so much more I wanna learn about myself and the world around me... That’s kinda where I’m at, on some hippy-dippy-vibey shit.”
Prior to the success of Telefone, Noname recorded as Noname Gyspsy. In 2013, she featured on Chance the Rapper’s 2013 mixtape Acid Rap, and later collaborated with him on 2016’s Coloring Book.
Check out Room 25’s artwork in a tweet from Noname below, and read on for its tracklist.
03. Prayer Song
05. Don’t Forget About Me
07. Montego Bae
09. Part of Me
10. With You
11. no name