Telefone

Noname - Telefone
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
Year End Rank: #43
User Score
Based on 414 ratings
2016 Ratings: #29
July 31, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
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.

83
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.

80
Pitchfork

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.

80
DIY
With that same steely determination injected into every track, ‘Telefone’ ensures that Noname won’t be anonymous much longer.
80
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.
75
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.

70
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.

BuffaloStaple
90
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.
BradTasteMusic
89
wow... thank you BuffaloStaple. This is a fantastic post-TPAB project that gives me so many Erykah Badu vibes. Fantastic instrumentals, flows, and poetry
thomasny18
80
I chose to give this a few listens after finding out that it was Toasterqueen12's favourite hip hop project. What I and possibly a lot of people could assume before listening to this mixtape is that this is some sort of blueprint, or a beta version of her 2018 album Room 25, which does make sense on the surface. They last for a similar amount of time, they both almost have the same amount of tracks, some features are present on both projects, Phoelix does a lot of the production on both, and ... read more
PreeMo
81
Tight...Noname is smooth af with a lush jazz rap/neo-soul tape...prefer this heavily over Chance's inconsistent projects...
itsyahboinoah
93
What an underrated and fantastic mixtape from Chigaco artist Noname. Her latest 2016 mixtape "Telefone" is like an old childhood friend you used to know and cherish. Noname soft spoken deliver fits right well with these gorgeous neo-soul and jazz rap production. Noname is no slouch either when comes to her rapping abilities, which are presented more in a poetry format such as acts like Milo. Tracks such as Sunny duet and Diddy pop screams out nostalgic rap from the 90s. The themes 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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