As if Chicago wasn’t already a powerhouse to music as a whole, the potential of having the best MCs in Hip-Hop today is mighty high. We’re currently witnessing the greatness of Chance The Rapper, the development of Mick Jenkins, and, quietly, the rise of the artist formerly known as Noname Gypsy. The Chicago native who recently dropped the latter of her stage namedue to controversy, has been buzzing for a few years now with show-stealing guest verses and impressing with her own solo releases. While her status in Hip-Hop is slowly growing, the question remains if Noname’s debut mixtape Telefone will finally be released in 2016 and if it will exceed expectations. The window for Noname being the one who steals the show is cool, but it’s time for her to be the show. And maybe her latest release is further indication that we may be closer to Telefone than we think.
Well, at least I hope it is.
Noname’s new track “Freedom Interlude” is right in the pocket of her poetic style. Produced by Phoelix and Saba, Noname shines once again with introspective and heartfelt rhymes — exuding why she’s one of the best in the game right now. But, ultimately, the record is a question of what freedom means as the track ends with a sample from a mind blowing Nina Simone interview, which closes out with Nina expressing that freedom means no fear. Take that how you want to, but it’s sort of true. Now, if “Freedom Interlude” is a piece of what to expect from Telefone, I’d like to think that we’re all in for a treat. Press play above and enjoy. Also, what’s your definition of freedom?
Stay tuned for what’s next with Noname and Telefone here.