Last Thursday night at World Cafe Live was one to remember. The historic venue, located in University City, has housed many prestigious acts over the years. Ranging from old timers to rising talents, the 700 GA capacity concert hall provides for some of the most intimate shows in Philadelphia. Thus creating the perfect environment for Noname’s sold out Telefone tour stop in Philly.
Rayvn Lenae got the night kicked off around 8. Her DJ provided the soundtrack for Rayvn to perform songs off her debut EP, Moon Shoes, which premiered last year. The crowd was energized and feeling themselves to Rayvn’s seductive songs like “Free Room” and “Alive“. Before leaving the stage, Rayvn’s DJ played a little bit of Future and Philly’s hometown favorite, Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares Intro“. The audience was hyped up and more than ready for Noname. After impatiently waiting and the crowd chanting for Noname, her band finally took to the stage shortly after 9 o’clock. The band would take a few minutes to get in sync, as it contained a wide of array of musicians. From the multiple back up singers to the guitarist and pianist, Noname’s band was fully equipped.
Finally, it was time as the instruments began to play the intro melody to “All I Need“, Noname’s biggest track to date. The crowded greeted her with an approval of cheers and screams. It was clearly evident from the beginning how loyal Noname’s fans are. Continuing to play track after track from her mixtape, Telefone, had the crowd in a frenzy. Noname even managed to slip in her verse from Chance The Rapper’s, “Lost“, off his famous Acid Rap mixtape. She truly sounded remarkable live with her unique ability to hit the perfect sounding high note while still elegantly rapping off each verse precisely. Not to mention how awesome the live band sounded rattling off hits like “Diddy Bop” and “Reality Check“.
After playing for over an hour, she left the stage to an immediate uproar from the crowd chanting her name continuously for an encore. Sure enough, she reappeared from behind the curtains to finish off with her finale of “Shadow Man“. As fans were exiting the venue you could just tell how overjoyed they felt, including myself. She clearly had exceeded everyone’s expectations and then some. I cannot wait for Noname to continue her rise to stardom and be fortunate enough to say I saw her first before she explodes onto the scene. Just one awesome night at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia and be sure to check out more of Noname! Trust me, you will not be disappointed.