Looking at the Wikipedia it's sort of amazing she went to the Brit school, and to goldsmiths! It's too perfect!
Totally agree. Rap has to cut through in a way this stuff never does. It's an extremely focussed, disciplined art.Another thing which is fairly disgusting is the spoken word mode itself which is a halfway house for people who are too middle class and just as importantly not musical enough to rap (despite wanting to) but not literary and cerebral enough for poetry proper.
The lines are too flabby, too dopey on a technical level, for rap and too stupid for poetry.
I mean fuck the Spectator, and I can't help but hear David Starkey mithering about how "the whites are becoming black" in that jibe about patois, but there is a grain of truth in this, that it's "street" for people who aren't.This is how the spectator sees it
"Metrical rigour and adroit rhyming are not yet among her accomplishments. She has a pretty, cherubic face, framed by unbrushed red blonde hair and she speaks in a Caribbean lite patois that translates ‘those things’ into ‘dem fings’. This linguistic pattern has many fans among the elite. It’s seen as an emblem of barbarous innocence, of instinctive passions bred in the ghetto, of an unschooled and therefore superior creativity. And it particularly excites Arts Council grandees who believe their mission is to reach down to the uncivilised and protean human type. Which Tempest perfectly represents."
Black people have changed the way white people speak. Starkey was right about that. Whether or not you see that as a sign of the decay of civilization is where the divide is.I mean fuck the Spectator, and I can't help but hear David Starkey mithering about how "the whites are becoming black" in that jibe about patois, but there is a grain of truth in this, that it's "street" for people who aren't.