Feature Photo: Noname Gypsy

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor

Hip-hop artist Fatimah Warner, known by her stage name Noname Gypsy, performs at the ’Sco among supportive fans. The Femme Artists Breaking Boundaries Initiative, which brought Noname Gypsy to Oberlin on Friday, hosted a question and answer session during which she talked about the importance of femme artists in hip-hop, how labels can divide the rap community and the politics of music ownership. She performed later that night with femme rapper Sasha Go Hard, a prominent artist in Chicago’s drill scene.

Noname’s music is characterized by mellow beats and political messages. Audience members were thrilled to hear an old favorite, “Sunday Morning,” and stood on the stage with her singing along. Noname Gypsy has appeared on Chance the Rapper’s mixtape Acid Rap, Mick Jenkins’ The Waters and Wonderkind’s Write Brain, and her slam poetry has gained recognition in competitions. She is currently working on her debut mixtape Telefone.