“It’s like being in a zoo” – Tems speaks on dealing with fame
Gifted vocalist, Tems, candidly shares her insights into the trials accompanying fame and achievement, detailing her shift from Afrobeats to RnB. This revelation emerged during a conversation with American rapper Kendrick Lamar, featured in the most recent edition of Interview Magazine.
Tems emphasized that attaining success often brings along its own set of demands and difficulties. However, she disclosed that she endeavors to manage these hurdles by embracing her authentic self.
She said …
“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 behavior just because you’re looking at them. They’re always going to be who they are. So why should I change?”
The Grammy award-winning artist also spoke on her passion for the R n B genre and how she had ditched Afrobeats for it.
According to the songster, all she wanted to do with the R&B genre was to get a message out.
She said …
“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 a lot 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.”