Noname to Change 'Room 25' Album Artwork in Light of Abuse Allegations Against Artist

Noname performs at Prospect Park in New York City on Aug. 3, 2018. 

Noname's poignant Room 25 album injected a breath of fresh air into the hip-hop scene last month, with her poetic rhymes standing out among a glut of new projects. Even though the sophomore album has received critical acclaim, the effort has been draped in controversy since allegations of domestic abuse against the cover art's artist have gone public. On Monday (Oct. 15), the Chicago native announced that she would be working to change the album's cover.

"In light of recent allegations, I will be working to replace the cover artwork of Room 25," she stated on Twitter. "I do not and will not support abusers, and I will always stand up for victims and believe their stories. My heart goes out to Ellie, her family, and all survivors of abuse."

The project's artist, Bryant Giles, was originally arrested on Oct. 8 and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery against his partner Ellie, according to Chicago Police Department records via Pitchfork. A supposed best friend of the victim posted photos of the alleged abuse to social media in support of her friend moving forward with the case.

Read Noname's statement regarding Room 25 below. 


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