This period in American history seems to be a song stuck on replay. Showings of police brutality, bigoted politicians, and American overseas threats it’s all too reminiscent of the late 1960s. In times like this, it’s important to find something to lean on, to listen to. For me, I found it in artist Noname Gypsy’s new tape “Telefone.” Full of soft bars, and melodic Beats, “Telefone” is the perfect tape to end the summer. Noname’s ability as a rapper, storyteller, and perfectionist shows through in this project. For a long time it seemed as if Noname would never drop anything, So, when she finally decided to, it proved she waited just long enough.
My first introduction to Noname Gypsy was in 2012 listening to Chance the Rapper’s “Acid Rap.” She was featured on the song “Lost” and brought me to a world I’d never seen before. She told the story of loneliness and need that made me only want to hear more. You didn’t hear, you felt every word. She became a part of you with every simile. Immediately, I began to search for more of her music, coming up dry for the most part. You could find her providing deepness to other Chicago artists, like Chance The Rapper, Mick Jenkins and Saba. I can recollect her saying in a Noisey interview that she really didn’t know if she would ever drop a tape, she wanted something that could live up to the hype. Trust me, she did.
“Telefone” is a portal into the mind of young black women growing into adulthood in Chicago. Each song smoothly transitions into the next. I could feel myself slowly sinking into this tape, finding more about Noname and myself with every track. She takes us through life and death, blackness and love all while whispering in our ear. The tracks that jump out are “Casket Pretty,” “Open Apology,” and “Shadow Man,” but trust me, every song deserves to be played a dozen times.
If you’re looking for bangers, “Telefone” is not for you. If you’re looking for trap beats, “Telefone” is not for you. But, if you’re looking for music that will transcend your experience and give you a deeper understanding of what it means to exist today, then put your headphones in, and tune in to “Telefone.” Noname Gypsy gave us the perfect tape. Only thing left is to say, Thank You.