There are times when I feel vulnerable and unsure….I tend to stop talking and get quiet. Why do I worry about the way others view me?
I am not sure if my silence is a conditioned response or not, but today I feel like it might be tragic. Perhaps my voice is my voice and unique and I shouldn’t worry about the consequences of speaking my heart and my thoughts. Something to definitely chew on.
There are some voices that should be heard, without a doubt, and I have decided this is one.
Kate Tempest is a poet, writer, and speaks powerful truths about the struggling, fringe population, but somehow those difficult situations connect on a wider, deeper level. “Theme From Becky” is a perfect example, just listen….
“I’ve never wanted to be anybody other
Than the person that I am
And the things that I discovered
In the circles that I ran
Have been difficult and humbling
Some don’t understand
But I am happiest when struggling
Well all of us walk to our own beat
And each person’s rhythm is unique
You can’t hear somebody’s tune
If you count in your time
You must count their time
to enjoy how their mind
Makes its music…”
Karen Tempest is a female rapper, from London, who shatters the barriers of rap and contemporary verse and combines them perfectly. I would never have found her if she had not put her brilliant poetry to music.
I find it to be fresh, with a raw, honest view of a struggling world (aren’t we all wrestling with life?). In my opinion, Rap has been missing the poetry of introspective thoughtful women ( if you know of others….please share). Hallelujah for her unique voice. I will follow her from here on out, read her prize-winning poetry, and listen to her music. Her words are harsh, difficult contemporary glimpses, but somehow an important spice that should be tasted, digested, and appreciated.
“As Tempest’s gorgeous steams of words flow out, they conjure a story so vivid its as if you had a state-of-the-art Blu-Ray player stuffed in your brain, projecting image after image that sears itself into your consciousness”
– New York Times
She is an amazing talent and a strong voice that I hope gives others (including myself) the courage to speak, write, and create.