Wednesday June 19
Burton Cummings Theatre
W/ SPECIAL GUEST COLLABORATION:
ROYAL CANOE + 3PEAT (RC3P-0)
Chicago-born Noname (born Fatimah Warner) blurs the lines of poetry and rap through the music she creates.
Noname first discovered her love for words while taking a creative writing class as a sophomore in high school. She became enamoured with poetry and spoken word, poring over Def Poetry Jam clips on YouTube and attending open mics. Noname regularly performed at an open mic at Harold Washington Library – YouMedia’s Lyricist Loft.
After her sessions at the library, Noname would participate in cyphers and was introduced to freestyling. When she was just a senior in high school, she placed third in Louder Than A Bomb, a poetry competition with 120 Chicago high schools participating. She remained connected with the artists she met at YouMedia and in 2013, her verse on Chance the Rapper’s “Lost” attracted the beginning of her large fan base.
In 2016, Noname released her debut album, Telefone, which was three years in the making and highly anticipated by fans and media alike. The project instantly gained critical acclaim, with a rave review by Pitchfork and praise from major outlets like Rolling Stone and Complex.
When first beginning to work on Telefone, Noname set out to emulate the feeling of talking on the phone with someone for the first time. But as she continued to work on the tape, her narrative transitioned into one of mortality: the idea of life and death and the duality between those two things.
Thanks to Telefone’s success, Noname has played shows in support of Ms. Lauryn Hill, who hand-picked Noname to open for her on tour.
Her latest album, Room 25, was released in September 2018 to great acclaim.