Noname - Telefone
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
Year End Rank: #44
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Based on 673 ratings
2016 Ratings: #36
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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.
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
I'm so glad I found this artist. This music is phenomenal. The hip-hop album I've been waiting for and I think it's one of the best I've ever heard. Women's voice in rap doesn't always work, but in this case it fits perfectly. Her voice and flow are wonderful. She has a really interesting rapping style that sometimes feels like she's just talking. I think the lyrics are very good. But anyway, the biggest job here is done by the instrumental part, which suits me very well. The sound is warm, ... 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
Noname's Telefone is weird for me because I can't remember the first time I heard it. It just seems like it was always there. Comforting me.

This is one of my go to "Escape from the World" albums. Albums I go to when I just want to be isolated. This one does the job the best. I've crafted this whole fantasy world in my head around this album. The flowery sounds, amazing singing, and everything else on this masterpiece make it really easy to imagine it as a musical epic of ... read more
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Track List

  1. Yesterday
  2. Sunny Duet
  3. Diddy Bop
  4. All I Need
  5. Reality Check
  6. Freedom Interlude
  7. Casket Pretty
  8. Forever
  9. Bye Bye Baby
  10. Shadow Man
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Added on: August 1, 2016