But then, when I quit, I stopped paying attention and listened to what I felt like listening to. I occasionally know something about current music, but usually after everybody else has discovered it first (I really like Lorde, but I think everybody else knew about her already).
But I just found out about Kate Tempest, and this time I think there are still a few people who don’t know about her yet, at least in the U.S. I read about her in the Guardian, and she sounded interesting. A poet, playwright, “spoken word artist” and rapper. Even apart from the fact that I’m not sure what a “spoken word artist” is, that’s an intriguing combination.
So, I bought her album Everybody Down (do we even say “album” anymore?), and when I was listening I just kept hitting Repeat to listen to this song again and again:
As I say, I don’t know where the borders are between “rapper” and “poet” and “spoken word artist,” but there’s this, which I frankly admit made me cry:
Too many embedded videos in one blog post can cause problems — at least for me — so here’s a link to Kate Tempest’s ringing and poetic endorsement of hip-hop and what it means to her:
I want Kate Tempest to make a record with Lorde. ASAP.