Label: N/A
Released: July 31

It made perfect sense for many to first hear Noname’s smooth vocals on material from Chance the Rapper; both represent the jazzier, more melodic world of hip-hop growing within the city of Chicago. But to call Noname a Chance clone misunderstands her place in the city’s deep-dish hip-hop pie. Though Telefone was long delayed (to the point where some of her peers called her the “Jay Electronica of Chicago”), Noname made up for that wait with a gem. On 10 captivating songs that are as quirky as they are smooth, Noname runs the gamut of emotions with her pen, but always returns to the confusion and pain that writhes beneath the surface of many of our lives. If you’re in search of a voice for the future of the struggle, look no further than Noname. —khal