Chicago poet-turned-rapper Noname has an understated vocal style that compliments her low key personality. As DJBOOTH’s Yoh Phillips commented after her debut album Telefone left its mark,
There’s an interesting link between Lauryn, Noname, Jay Elect and André―four impressive poets who would rather live outside the spectrum of celebrity to maintain their lives. I see them as a lineage of hermits, all cut from a reclusive cloth that makes them step away instead of being the apples of our eye.
But while Noname may be the opposite of attention-seeking, her stage presence is on 10. Known for never giving the same performance twice, the below clip from her Boiler Room show in Cape Town last year shows the energy that concert audiences have come to expect from the unassuming artist.
A fixture of Chicago’s spoken word scene before she considered herself a rapper, Noname has been captivating audiences with her Telefone setlist, and now with sophomore album Room 25 her fans have an entirely new show to look forward to. Listen to Room 25 below and if you get a chance to see this “reclusive” artist in person, take it. You’ll be glad you did.