Chicago rapper Noname lowkey dropped one of the year’s best releases with her long-in-the-works mixtape Telefone — and if you haven’t heard it yet, that’s okay for now. You’ve got plenty of time to catch up and listen up before her headlining gig at World Cafe Live this spring.
Noname has built her name alongside like-minded MCs Saba, Jeremih and of course Chance the Rapper, all leading lights of the Windy City’s hip-hop renaissance of late. She appears on “Finish Line / Drown,” the lively penultimate track on Chance’s Coloring Book, and can also be heard on Saba’s excellent “Church / Liquor Store” from Bucket List Project.
Her own mixtape moves in a similar zone of melodic grooves and laid-back lyrics with a highly personal, thought-provoking perspective — standout jams include “Bye Bye Baby” and “Reality Check,” which features the vocal talents of fellow midwesterner Eryn Allen Kane, of Detroit.
Listen to Telefone below and get hooked. Noname appears at World Cafe Live downstairs with Rayvn Lenae on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here, full tour dates can be found in the flyer below.Noname, World Cafe Live