Elton Chueng, 33, began his career as a professional recording engineer with an internship at Classick Studios in 2011. He’s since worked with some of the brightest stars to emerge from Chicago’s hip-hop scene in the past decade, including Saba, Noname, Smino, and Chance the Rapper. In November his contributions to Yebba’s 2021 debut, Dawn, […]
Luke Sangerman, who performs and records as Luke Titus, is 24 years old but has the skill set and intuition of a seasoned veteran. He’s had a long music career for someone his age: He joined the Blue Man Group as a stage-band drummer at age 15, becoming the youngest American ever hired by the […]
In “Snow on tha Bluff,” J. Cole complains from the sidelines about how Noname fights for Black people.
Chicago string quartet D-Composed takes chamber music outside the institutions that have long excluded Black musicians and audiences.
Here’s where to see who voted for what and how the points got divvied up.
The Reader polled dozens of critics to arrive at an absolutely indisputable ranked list of several hundred records that will definitely not start any arguments.
Noname’s Book Club pushes library cards on National Fuck Amazon Day, Led Zeppelin 2 tour to celebrate Led Zeppelin III, and more.
Chicago’s hip-hop scene overflows with such variety and abundance that it’s impossible to show enough love to every great release—but that’s no reason not to try.
Capping off a year in which she self-released her critically acclaimed sophomore LP, Room 25, Chicago rapper and poet Noname is set to close out 2018 with three consecutive hometown performances. Born Fatimah Nyeema Warner, the Bronzeville native went by Noname Gypsy before settling on her current nom de plume, under which she dropped her […]
Pivot Gang cofounder John Walt is memorialized in Saba’s Care for Me—and by an arts nonprofit that bears his name, which holds its flagship concert fund-raiser this weekend.
Psalm One, Akenya, Sisi Dior, Chimeka, and Mother Nature talk about sisterhood, mutual support, and the pernicious notion that hip-hop has room for only one female star at a time.
Friday at Sleeping Village, the Coven Classic presents fresh live renditions of danceable tracks from “witches and b#$!s from Grace Jones to Nina Simone.”
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Noname’s debut album mixes her serious social commentary with a new sensuality and humor.
Every set at the 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival, from the Curls on Friday, July 20, to Ms. Lauryn Hill on Sunday, July 22.