The 2016 “Telefone ” release from Chicago rapper Fatimah Warner — AKA NONAME — is filled with beauty and individuality.

 nuanced smoothness

nuanced smoothness

Yesterday” has a neat piano accompaniment, very sparkly. The rhinal and pinched rap is always merry. And the arrangement [produced by Noname, Cam O’bi & Phoelix] is incredibly efficient.

Diddy Bop” ft. Raury & Cam O’bi has speedy rhymes that remind us of Left Eye. Melodious inflections and purring reverberations.

The starry poetry reminds us that Noname is a slam verse champion.

Bye Bye Baby” has that same chipper nuanced smoothness.

With scoop-scoops of creamy fudge chunks & sour walnuts. Is this nostalgic or does it hint of tragedy avoided?

Words: Neil Mach 2016 ©