Fatimah Warner, known by her stage name, Noname, is a rising star. The 25 year old rapper from Chicago has become the apparent next one up from the Southside. After seeing Chance the Rapper put Chicago in the limelight last year, it not only shed light on the violence and crime in the inner city but brought to our attention a brand new artist. Formerly Noname Gypsy, the once slam poetry phenom was making strides of her own.
In an era of Hip-Hop where lyrical value has depreciated significantly, Noname shines brightly. Today’s Hip-Hop has been largely criticized by many as a simple formula that has found massive success. Create a song with a memorable hook, a catchy beat and boom you have an instant hit. People will most likely want to listen regardless of the real value and meaning behind the lyrics. Thankfully, we still have artists like Noname who’s lyrics have a much deeper meaning behind it all. Whether she’s rapping about the continuous problems that dwell on the typical Chicago native, dealing with life/death and her battle with love, fans can truly relate and feel connected by her passion.
Telefone, is Noname’s debut project. Although a mixtape, the project carries the intensity and feel of any studio project. Circling around her days in Chicago growing up and the tough times she had to endure, Noname tells a beautiful story of her life. When first approaching the project, Fatimah set out to emulate the feeling of talking on the phone with someone for the first time. She describes Telefone as “an introductory conversation with someone you’re interested in”. However as Noname continued to work on the tape, it also transitioned a bit into mortality: the idea of life and death and the duality between those two things.
All twelve shows on her nationwide tour have already sold out, some selling out within minutes of being released. She has a very dedicated following of fans who undoubtedly have her back. Also billed on festivals across the country such as Bonnaroo, Panorama and the Roots Picnic, Noname is sure to make a huge splash in 2017. If you were fortunate enough to purchase tickets to this one, you’re in for a real treat!