Last year, the artist formerly known as Noname Gypsy made her biggest musical statement yet when she enlisted follow Chicagoan Chance The Rapper for her outstanding single “Israel (Sparring)”. Since then, she’s dropped the ‘Gypsy’ from her name – recording simply as Noname – and has contributed to records from Chance The Rapper (Coloring Book) and Jamila Woods (Heavn). Despite losing the “gypsy,” Noname continues to wander, wonder on her debut Telefone. The whole album fits nicely within Chicago’s blossoming rap and R&B scene – following releases from Chance and Woods, Towkio, and Joey Purp – and stands out as one of the collective’s more malleable, vocal releases. An early highlight is “Diddy Bop,” featuring contributions from Raury and Cam O’bi, and its night-glo synths, its casual yet specific tone is the laid-back jam this summer’s been missing. “I’m ready,” repeats Noname as she opens the track, and she may as well be talking about the press and publicity she’s about to receive for Telefone. She might want to keeps hers off the hook.
Stream (and download) “Diddy Bop” and the entire Telefone via Soundcloud.