Afrobeat singer and Grammy winner, Tems has opened up on the challenges that comes with being famous and successful, as she explains why she ditched Afrobeats for RnB.
She spoke on this while discussing with American rap artist, Kendrick Lamar, as published in the latest volume of Interview Magazine.
Tems noted that being successful usually comes with its pressure and challenges, but she tried to navigate through them by simply being herself.
”When you become more known or seen, it’s very easy to get caught up in, @What do people expect of me now?” But for me, it’s like, “What do I expect of myself now?” Because you’re the one that has to live with yourself, the one that has to sleep with the decisions that you make. Trusting yourself is so key, and I’m not going to stop trusting my guts just because people can see me now. It’s like being in a zoo. The animals don’t change their behaviors just because you’re looking at them. They’re always going to be who they are. So why should I change?”
Tems spoke on her passion for RnB genre and how she had ditched Afrobeat for it.
According to her, all she wanted to do with RnB genre was to get a message out.
In her words:
”I was prepared to die. I believed in myself so much that I didn’t really care if I never became anything or anyone. I just wanted to get a message out. I wanted to get my frequency out. And I was like, Even if ten people hear this, it’s fine’. But also along the way, I used to listen to lots of Nigerian music and I wasn’t getting a lot of spiritual- I love Celine Dion, so, I love that intense feeling of, I’m about to jump off a cliff. That’s how I want my music to feel all the time, and Afrobeats wasn’t necessarily giving me that type of stimulation.”
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