Noname - Telefone
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
Year End Rank: #43
User Score
Based on 195 ratings
2016 Ratings: #20
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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.

Aug 12, 2016
Alright. Jazz-rap's safest form is here as a mixtape, a tidy one. At making a listenable record, Noname does nothing wrong. However, some people, I, won't enjoy it that much since 25 years of jazzy boom bap history is sitting there obviously. Wait, I got a good expression:

If some advertisement company wants to get a jazzy hip hop background music for their product, they can easily cut any 10-second period from any place of the album.

Lastly, I would've definitely ignored the stale-job here ... read more
Aug 9, 2016*

Noname (AKA Noname Gypsy) is best known for her melancholy features for Chance the Rapper. She is usually never thought of as her own entity, but she is always a highlight on the tracks to which she adds her voice, much like Vince Staples before Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2 and Hell Can Wait. Now, with Telefone, Noname has her chance to shine.

Her flow is still impeccable, and her monotone delivery is reminiscent of other rappers, such as Gucci Mane and Earl Sweatshirt, but ... read more
Aug 4, 2016
Quiet and introverted. An awesome mixtape, focused on flaws more than flaunting. Noname Gypsy and the other features, along with the instrumentals, give off a sort of Hey Arnold feel. The main characters are a bit goofy, shy, and dorky, but that's why you love them. A really strong sense of family and community within the lyrics, and more importantly the people involved in making this.
Oct 30, 2016
Chance the Rapper as a woman, however this tape is much superior to Coloring Book
Dec 14, 2017
production 21/25
subject 16/20
lyricism 9/10
voice and energy 4/5
length 16/20
pacing 8/10
cover art and titles 3/5
overall creativity 9/15

total 86/110

Added on: August 1, 2016