Kate Tempest became known through slam poetry, as a result, she had a success as a writer and been inspiring the rap scene for years. She managed to bring literature and pop music together in a way that tot many artists can do that. The best example of could be Bob Dylan. He admired the public with his texts of the highest academic level. Years ago he even won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his texts. Today nobody is surprised that rap has literary roots. But hardly anyone in the current generation of artists knows how to merge both art genres as impressively as Kate Tempest.
She comes from the spoken word and open mic scene. Long before she climbed the stages of this world, she was considered a great literary talent in London. She has won numerous awards and has published poems and plays. While she was still halfway following the predetermined musical paths of hip-hop with her first record, the successor turned out to be a clear indication of her literary qualities. Here the narrative flow of Tempest dominates, dedicating the story of seven people to the entire album. They live on the same street in the city and can no longer sleep. Let Them Eat Chaos tells their story.
From Literature To Music
With her third album, Tempest finally climbed the Olympus. Nobody less than star producer Rick Rubin went to work there. The Book Of Traps And Lessons almost completely dispenses with the rhythm that sets the tone in rap and underlines Tempest’s lyrics with piano swabs. After all, Rubin was every producer who helped rap and hip-hop achieve a worldwide breakthrough in the 1980s. His protégés such as LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys created the standard that countless generations after them have built. Rubin had seen Tempest in a spoken word performance on television the year before and was determined to produce it. But first attempts went pretty wrong. It would take five years before a record could emerge from the joint work. Tempest was anything but idle in the meantime. She published two novels and a play, then the time was right. The success of the record lined up with a seemingly endless tribute from the critics.
The playwright Kate Tempest was awarded the prestigious Ted Hughes Prize for her play Brand New Ancients in 2013 as the first and so far only artist under 40. It is one of the essential poetry awards in England. So it’s no wonder that from then on she was hailed by the local press as one of the most brilliant talents ever. That also continued mainly in her music career. The critics nominated her debut for the Mercury Prize. The all-round talent was born in Brockley in the south of England. She dropped out of school at the age of only 16 to devote herself entirely to her abilities. From 2006 she took part in poetry slams, and in 2012 she published her first collection of poems. The first novel came out in 2014.