Black History Month – Noname
Written by Adela Skowronski on February 18, 2021
Part of our ongoing Black History Month Chicago Series! Read the first chapter of this blog here.
Shoutout #2 : Noname
Born Fatimah Warner in the Bronzeville neighborhood, Noname is a Chicago rapper making waves as a poet, activist, and producer. She was first spotted in 2013 on Chance the Rapper’s second mixtape Acid Raid where she contributed a verse to the track “Lost”. This musical relationship with Chance, constant competition in Chicago slam poetry events, and increasing collaborations with other artists soon made her impossible for the public to ignore.
Her debut album Telephone was released in 2016 to critical acclaim. It features insightful messages about cultural separation, the struggles of growing up in Chicago and womanhood. Tour dates, radio airplay and even an NPR Tiny Desk Concert quickly followed.
Since Telephone, Noname has also released a followed up album Room 25 , created a book club focused on texts from various authors of color, featured on many collaborations, and worked actively to raise awareness on issues affecting the black community.
- Telephone – 2016
- Buy and stream the album here!
Author’s favorite track:
- Shadowman or Diddybop from Telephone
- Apart from Chance the Rapper, Noname’s other collaborations include Mick Jenkins, Thundercat, Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment, Jamilla Woods, and Saba
- Noname’s bookclub is centered in Chicago, but has partnerships with libraries in Oakland, New York and Los Angeles
- Passionately and vocally anti-Amazon
- Almost quit music a couple of times due to the frustration of people not taking her music to heart. She’s often expressed dismay that people can passively enjoy the stories in her music, but not feel compelled to any sort of action that would help the communities that she writes about