Smart bets: Noname

Rapper and poet Noname’s big break came in 2013, when the young artist appeared on fellow Chicagoan Chance the Rapper’s song “Lost.” Three years later, she released her much-anticipated debut album, Telefone. Acclaim for the record came quickly, earning Noname coveted spots on 2017 lineups, including seven appearances at last month’s South by Southwest, several tour stops with Lauryn Hill and performances at upcoming megafestivals Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. Born from slam poetry traditions and influenced by artists ranging from rapper/songwriter Andre 3000 to bluesman Buddy Guy, Noname’s unique brand of rap is as gently poetic as it is brutally observant. Noname will perform her coming-of-age hip-hop at The Orange Peel on Friday, April 14, at 9 p.m. $20/$25. Photo by Bryan Allen Lamb

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Writer scribbling away in the shaky lines of the mountains.

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