Rapper and poet Noname (formerly Noname Gypsy) brings an observant eye and quiet patience to a soulful R&B-meets-hip-hop style influenced by Lauryn Hill, Andre 3000, and Buddy Guy. Born in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, Noname frequented open-mike nights and slam poetry competitions. Befriending fellow Chicagoan Chance the Rapper proved fortuitous: she appeared on "Lost" from Chance's Acid Rap mixtape in 2013. She guested on Mick Jenkins' The Waters the following year, before announcing her own project. Before her debut, she contributed to Mont Jake's Shadow EP and "Finish Line/Drown" on Chance's 2016 hit Coloring Book. Her first album, Telefone, arrived in 2016, with a coming-of-age blend of soul vocals, atmospheric textures, and Noname's spoken word. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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