When the news broke that the up-and-coming Sound on Sound music festival will be cancelled, music lovers across Texas mourned. But luckily, SOSFest’s agency Margin Walker Presents rescheduled a number of the acts at venues around the city, giving people the opportunity to still experience a music-filled weekend. Chicago rapper Noname was one of the most anticipated acts of the festival, and her rescheduled show at the Scoot Inn allowed fans to experience her magic despite the cancellation.
Bathed in purple light throughout the show, Noname, born Fatimah Warner, delivered a moving, engaging, and healing performance. Her ability to be comfortable and silly on stage despite the vulnerability of her lyrics is awe-inspiring, a juxtaposition that may catch unfamiliar listeners off guard. The music itself, which discusses death, survival, blackness, and growing up in Chicago, is uplifting in its honesty. Many songs sound as if they’re straight from Noname’s diary, with R&B, motown, and gospel influenced production.
Noname hasn’t necessarily reached mainstream fame, but anyone who pays attention to hip hop should know her name. She took over 2016 with the release of Telefone, her debut album, and sold out her entire nationwide tour. But Noname isn’t new to the scene — she’s been on a national radar for years, particularly since delivering one of the best features on Chance the Rapper’s groundbreaking mixtape Acid Rap. Noname, part of the group of rising stars from Chicago like Saba, Joey Purp, Vic Mensa, and more, makes music that no one else can replicate. Her show offers this same uniqueness.
With the help of a full band, and a short cameo from her fellow artist Raven Lenae, Noname performed almost all of the songs she’s released in the past few years, including her features on various other projects. She engaged with the audience, danced, laughed, and maintained an infectious joy all the way through the encore. Despite her music using very little heavy bass as many of her hip-hop colleagues, she still managed to make the crowd move. Along with Atlanta singer Arima Ederra and local Austin powerhouse Magna Carda, the show lived up to the SOSFest hype, and offered a worthy solace to those who wished they could have experienced the full festival. Check out our photo recap below.