By: Devin Tyler
These past few years Chicago has had an undeniable presence in the music scene. This is a fact. Some of the most anticipated albums of 2016 came from Chicago artist such as Mick Jenkins, Saba, Vic Mensa and Chance The Rapper. In the midst of the vast amount of music churning out from the windy city, one emcee was ready to grab the attention of the music industry and publications all over; and she steals the spotlight as: Noname.

After appearing on Chance’s now grammy award winning album “Coloring Book”, critics and fans were anticipating a solo project more than ever. The wait ended July 27th of last year when Noname dropped her debut album, “Telefone”. Doors have been swinging open for spoken word poet turned rapper as she can be spotted in multiple festival lineups in the coming months of 2017.  To support the album the artist is currently criss crossing the country on an 18 date sold out tour of the same name.  Last Wednesday, the Telefone Tour stopped at Denver’s Lost Lake, the smallest room of the tour. If you missed it, you missed out!

 

The perfect compliment for Noname’s Telefone tour is her frequent collaborator and fellow Chicago native, tour opener Ravyn Lenae. The pint size 18 year old’s angelic and soulful voice, (heard often with collaborators from the collective Soulection) warmed the crowd. Ravyn performed tracks from her latest EP “Moon Shoes” and won over everyone in the packed room. What a perfect way to transition into authentic poeticism of Noname.

The energy reached an all-time high as Noname and her band took the stage. The seamless integration of live instruments in her performance elevated each track sonically and emotionally. Fans definitely got their money’s worth as she performed almost every single track from “Telefone” and brought out Ravyn to provide backing vocals. Noname even took it back to Mick Jenkins “Waters” mixtape and performed her verse on “Comfortable”.

As her performance came to a close, the crowd refused to end the night without hearing one more song. The crowds chants echoed through the venue just loud enough for Noname to have an encore. It was only right she performed the only song she hadn’t performed, “Shadowman”. Instead of bringing her band back on stage, Noname took advantage of the intimate setting and let the crowd provide the beat as she went A cappella.

Noname returns to Denver May 20th for the eclectic Project Pabst festival, and we predict her crowd will certainly have doubled by then!