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Noname is a rising female rapper who definitely won’t be compared to Nicki or Cardi. She’s never released a music video or posted on Instagram. Instead, she got her start at poetry slams and open mics, and is known for her thought-provoking lyrics. The 26-year-old from Chicago, whose real name is Fatimah Warner, saw viral success with her NPR Tiny Desk Concert, which raised her profile outside of her home city. Here in the UK, she has already played Reading and Leeds, and a sold out headline show at London’s KOKO. She’s part of the same scene that birthed Chance the Rapper, and got her first moment in the spotlight in 2013 with a feature on his breakthrough mixtape Acid Rap, followed by a spot on his album Coloring Book. She recently released her second album Room 25, which attracted high praise from Pitchfork, NME and High Snobiety.