September was a fantastic month for rap with the release (finally) of Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V, but it didn’t mean other rappers didn’t catch the spotlight as well. Brockhampton’s iridescence went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts, Logic gathered all of the Wu-Tang Clan for “Wu-Tang Forever,” Saba followed up his excellent record Care for Me with his verse on “Ace,” and J.I.D. bodied “151 Rum” with an unbelievable flow.
While the latter two were especially close to taking the title this month, the honor goes to yet a third Roseandblog Freshman Class alumni, Noname’s opener to Room 25—”Self.” Proving to all the haters and critics that she’s a force to be reckoned with lyrically, Noname’s Room 25 capitalized on an amazing debut project, Telefone, and the opening bars of “Self” set the perfect tone.
Read the lyrics via Genius and listen to Noname’s “Self” below:
Maybe this the album you listen to in your car
When you driving home late at night
Really questioning every god, religion, Kanye, bitches
Maybe this is the entrance before you get to the river
A heaven before the heathen no reason for you to like me
Maybe this your wifey just wanting a clean divorce
The baby ain’t really yours, this really for babies teething
And chicken wings under-seasoned
Y’all really thought a bitch couldn’t rap huh?
Maybe this your answer for that, a crack era
The Reagan administration that n****s are still scared of
Nah actually this is for me
This one for TT at the lake serving the mac and the cheese
This one a small apology for all the calls that I screened
Mr. Money Man, Mr. Every Day He Got Me
Mr. Wifing Me Down, Mr. Me-Love, Mr. Miyagi
Miscellaneous, Mr. Molly Inside My Sake
Incredible, incredible emptiness in my body
Heaven’s only four-feet tall, I set my ringer to it
Fucked your rapper homie, now his ass is making better music
My pussy teachin ninth-grade English
My pussy wrote a thesis on colonialism
In conversation with a marginal system in love with Jesus
And y’all still thought a bitch couldn’t rap huh?
Maybe this your answer for that good pussy
I know n****s only talk about money and good pussy
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