Noname - Telefone
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
Year End Rank: #44
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Based on 748 ratings
2016 Ratings: #39
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A.V. Club

While she may not aspire to such award-ceremony heights, Telefone is a unique project that points to even greater things for Noname in the future.

Consequence of Sound

Telefone shows a great sense of promise and complex beauty, Noname using her art to salve wounds — both her own and others.


On Telefone, she pours all the joy and devastation we glimpsed in her various guest spots with artists like Chance, Mick Jenkins, and Saba into a rich, somber, and incredibly intimate album.

With that same steely determination injected into every track, ‘Telefone’ ensures that Noname won’t be anonymous much longer.
The Needle Drop
Chicago's Noname delivers one of this year's most heartwarming and positive mixtapes, backing her earnest rap style with beautifully jazzy instrumentals.
The 405

this very specific choice of sound contributes to the project's constant tiptoeing between trauma and calm, violence and peace, life and death - Telefone grows on you progressively, going from easily enjoyable to hauntingly beautiful.

Rolling Stone

Noname unfurls thoughts about a life where love and freedom are in the distance and too many friends are "casket-pretty." It's some of the year's most thought-provoking hip-hop.

This tape did for me what coloring book seemed to do for everyone else, some of the most blissful and summery hip-hop i've heard in a while, it's a total grower too.

EDIT: honestly there is so little wrong with this tape, it's all just so fucking lovely.
9.3 - Phenomenal

So yeah. I just relistened to this one, and I want to give it a more mature review. It deserves it.

I first heard this album in summer of last year, and since then, it has continued to grow on me. It’s strikingly consistent and beautiful mixtape that is comforting to the core. And even if at first I found it great, I can now confidently say that Noname’s breakout project, Telefone, is a gorgeous, lush master-class of a listen.

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This album is like a warm hug after a shitty day at work in the rain.

It is one of the most heartfelt, jazzy, and adorable projects I've heard in a looooong time. Songs like "Diddy Bop" and "Reality Check" just put the biggest smile on my face with how positive and heartwarming it is. Not to mention the production is fucking amazing. Arguably one of the best produced conscious hip hop albums I've heard post-TPAB. Not a single bad moment on this album that made me cringe or ... read more
wow... thank you BuffaloStaple. This is a fantastic post-TPAB project that gives me so many Erykah Badu vibes. Fantastic instrumentals, flows, and poetry
while the actual substance of the album may not be the best, especially the instrumental parts, the vibe is unmatched. no neo-soul album, chance's coloring book, or album of any other genre comes close to this chill, smooth, pleasant vibe. no flow is too complicated, no beat is too crazy, and the jazz influences are very minimal. this, along with her delivery which teeters on the edge of just talking, creates a laidback atmosphere that always wants to make you enjoy life
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Added on: August 1, 2016