A part of the 2019 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, Chicago-born Noname (born Fatimah Warner) blurs the lines of poetry and rap through the music she creates.
Noname first discovered her love for words while taking a creative writing class as a sophomore in high school. She became enamoured with poetry and spoken word, poring over Def Poetry Jam clips on YouTube and attending open mics. Noname regularly performed at an open mic at Harold Washington Library – YouMedia’s LyricistLoft.
After her sessions at the library, Noname would participate in cyphers and was introduced to freestyling. When she was just a senior in high school, she placed third in Louder Than A Bomb, a poetry competition with 120 Chicago high schools participating. She remained connected with the artists she met at YouMedia and in 2013, her verse on Chance the Rapper’s “Lost” attracted the beginning of her large fan base.