Kate Tempest is a rapper, poet and playwright. She has performed consistently and comprehensively since she began rapping in battles at 16. Since then she has continued to develop her skills as a writer and a performer, and has made a name for herself in the UK hip hop, spoken word and live music scenes. She started performing spoken word poetry in 2006 when, whilst in New York she entered and won the NU-Yorican Poetry Café Slam.
She has played with her band Sound of Rum all over London, from the Jazz Café to Brixton’s Jamm, as well as gigs in Bristol, Brighton and Liverpool. She has performed at Glastonbury, supported for John Cooper Clarke at the Leeds Weekender, received a standing ovation at Latitude, and played all the major festivals as well as loads of smaller ones. She has performed her poetry several times on Scroobius Pip’s Spoken Word Surgery on Radio One and also had her Sound OF Rum songs played on Radio One by Rob Da Bank Steven Merchant invited her onto his BBC6 Music show for a live session and interview after seeing her perform.
Her work is influenced equally by a love of hip hop and a love of great literature, her heroes include William Blake and Gza from the Wu-Tang Clan. She completed her BA in English Literature in 2008. Her dissertation was a study of the similarities between the work and philosophy of rappers and Romantic Poets.