For the FAO of Aphextwinkletoes - '...I'm a renegade', your beloved Kate Tempest is doing a webchat on The Guardian right now

susanalbumparty
imarenegade
fannyaboutatthemic

#1

#2

Some really inspirational back and forth.


#3

:joy:


#4

She tells is like it is


#5

sooooooooooooooooooo…

SHIT!


#6

was about to submit a question but took me too long to compose myself enough emotionally to be able to type


#7

Everyone put your best sneering faces on now :smirk:


#8

I hadn’t heard of her until that barleysugar thread a day or two back, and now she’s everywhere. What’s the deal here?


#9

http://www.infinitelooper.com/?v=0NRYLzWovtk&p=n#/5;15


#10

She’s a poet and rapper. Most people on here hold her in a sneering disdain because, ummmm, I’m still not sure, but someone will post the youtube link soon enough.


#11

She’s the latest 6music approved white british urban act (i.e. complete shit)


#12

Oh, I watched the video, it was abysmal.


#13

Good, you’re all clued up then. There’s literally nothing else to her oeuvre.


#14

Is her being white relevant?


#15

Okay, well, carry on I suppose. But if someone like this comes along again I’d like to be in on it at the ground floor.


#16

I regret making this thread to an extent. AFX, you always take criticism of her very well so I apologise if you feel like you have to constantly defend her against swathes of vitriol.


#17

To her output and music, obviously not. To the amount she’s being championed by certain segments of the press & media, possibly


#18

No, not at all! I would probably have missed the Q&A otherwise, so glad for the link. Still really don’t understand the level of ire directed towards her. I recall someone saying in a hip-hop thread on the old board that, if someone who loved rap but didn’t like Illmatic, they’d tell that person they were listening to it wrong. That’s kinda how I feel about Kate Tempest (not to the same degree obvs, but I do think she is brilliant lyrically). I just can’t understand why there’s such intense dislike.

I suspect that, per @Aggpass, it’s partly about her being championed by the media above what hip-hop connoisseurs deem to be better, more deserving artists, and that perhaps being linked (through no fault of her own) to her skin colour. Frankly, I think we should be celebrating a female rapper who is telling vivid stories of urban life and opening up the genre (through her crossover work as a poet) to people who otherwise wouldn’t engage in what, all of us here agree, is a fantastic genre of music.


#19

That’s a fantastic answer. I think for many, myself included, it’s hard to get past that video we keep posting which is inane I know but people refuse to listen to artists based on their name alone (looking at you Car Seat Headrest) so I can kind of understand.


#20

Just to note, not accusing @Aggpass or others of discrimination against her because of her gender. He and yer man @Antpocalypsenow do a much better job of championing female MCs (noname, in particular, this year) than most.