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Worldwide Awards // Introducing: Noname

December 12, 2016

As we set the gears in motion for the 2017 edition of the Worldwide Awards on the 21st January, we’re putting together intro profiles to give you the scoop on the talent populating the bill.

Noname is an American artist from Chicago, Illinois, who blurs the lines of poetry and rap through the music she creates. Releasing her debut project this year, Telefone, it was three years in the making and highly anticipated by fans and media alike. Instantly the project gained critical acclaim with a rave review by Pitchfork and landing her praise from major outlets like Rolling Stones, Complex and Dazed & Confused. Noname has been hailed by The FADER, Complex, and Rolling Stone as one of the most exciting and important new artists of 2016.

Thanks to Telefone’s success, Noname played some shows in support of Ms. Lauryn Hill, who hand picked Noname to open for her on tour. When first approaching the project, Noname set out to emulate the feeling of talking on the phone with someone for the first time. She describes Telefone as “an introductory conversation with someone you’re interested in”. But as Noname continued to work on the tape, it also transitioned a bit into mortality: the idea of life and death and the duality between those two things.

We caught up with her to see where she’s at right now.

Where in the world…

…are you now? LA

…inspires you? Chicago

…have you done your best performance? New York at Baby’s all right

…has the best food? New York

…do you go to escape? N/A

…do you most want to go? Nigeria

…. has the best music right now? Chicago

What 3 acts would be on your dream line-up? Anderson .Paak, Kaytranada and Saba.

The Awards will be going down at KOKO, London, on Saturday 21st January. Final release tickets onsale now for £35. Buy yours here.