Noname @ Showbox SoDo

Time for spittin’ truth 🎤

📸: Noname

📅  Monday, November 13th
⏰  Show 8 pm | Doors 7 pm
📍 Showbox SoDo: 1700 1st Ave S, Seattle
🎟  $35+

If you enjoy intelligent Black women rappers who walk the line between slam poet and prophet, then catch Fatimah Nyeema Warner, the Chicago-based rapper known as Noname, at her upcoming Showbox show. After opening for Erykah Badu last year, the indie music star takes the stage to promote her recent self-released record, Sundial

Released in August, the album intermingles the dissonance at the intersection of race and gender—where art meets activism; trading tracks about toxic masculinity with ones that question how people weaponize faith. The album’s diss track “Namesake,” which calls out pop culture musicians like Jay-Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, and Kendrick Lamar, has recently made headlines. But in true activist form, Noname ends the song admitting she’s guilty of playing a similar game to get ahead, too. In addition to vocals from singer STOUT, who will provide opening support for this tour, rappers Billy Woods and Common’s appearances add to the album’s appeal. 

Noname held a Sundial Block Party in Chicago to celebrate the album release, offering free admission with a book donation, which forms the basis of the Noname Book Club. The artist started the online and IRL community dedicated to uplifting POC voices in 2019. It also does outreach by sending books to incarcerated members of the community. This month’s book club pick is The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine by Rashid Khalidi, which mirrors Noname’s stance against white supremacy, settler colonialism, and the military-industrial complex found in her lyrics.


Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.