Noname review – bright torrent of wordplay from Chicago rap star
Backed by a beaming neo-soul band, Noname receives a hero’s welcome for her blend of social commentary and jokey asides
‘Y’all really thought a bitch couldn’t rap, huh?” Noname winks conspiratorially. She’s less than a minute into Self, the first track from her debut album, and Glasgow’s sold-out crowd roars in appreciation. But Noname’s punchlines always hit twice: “Nah, actually this is for me.”
Her evasive moniker has been a symbolic, protective shield for Chicago rapper Fatimah Warner. She self-financed last year’s Room 25 LP with the proceeds from touring her beloved 2016 mixtape Telefone, and both records speak to a slippery sense of identity in an overwhelming, unjust world.
Source: The Guardian – Noname review – bright torrent of wordplay from Chicago rap star