Chicago poet-turned-rapper-turned-poet Fatimah Warner, aka Noname, is performing both Saturday and Sunday at Showbox with support from rapper Elton. Noname artfully blends rap, R&B, and jazz in a clever and engaging way. Her voice and cadence is effervescent, quick, effortlessly jumping from beat to beat, word to word—it's expressive. Some of you might know her from her features on Chance the Rapper's songs; most notably "Lost" (below) which was definitely the soundtrack to all my college heartbreak!
Noname dropped her debut album Room 25 last year. It's a document of her move from Chicago to Los Angeles, as well as a tribute to—or perhaps, meditation on—losing her virginity at the age of 25. The record is jazzy, sweet, chill. I low-key think that Solange's recent When I Get Home took a major cue from Room 25 and Noname.
In any case, Noname herself summarizes the album best on the intro song, "Self" which packs a lot into 90 seconds: "Maybe this the album you listen to in your car when you driving home late at night/Really questioning every god, religion, Kanye, bitches."
"Blaxploitation" is also a great cut off of Room 25 which samples dialogue from Ivan Dixon's iconic film, The Spook Who Sat By The Door.
The Chicago rapper will be joined by Elton. who has a similar spacey vibe. He complements Noname well.
You can catch both Noname and Elton. for not one but two nights at The Showbox starting tomorrow.