Award-winning Nigerian artist TEMS recently engaged in a conversation with Kendrick Lamar for Interview Magazine, where they delved into topics ranging from life to music and careers.
In their exchange, TEMS shared insights about her journey.
She disclosed to Kendrick that she was an extreme introvert during her youth, recounting instances when she shied away from attention, even turning down photo requests.
Her affinity for music grew as she found solace in the radio, particularly resonating with emotionally charged songs by Celine Dion, a beloved artist in Nigeria.
TEMS began writing songs at a young age, initially focusing on verses that expressed her feelings.
Reflecting on her early experiences, TEMS emphasized the importance of remembering the initial drive behind one’s artistry.
She stressed that while gaining recognition is significant, the core motivation should always be rooted in sharing stories and messages.
TEMS added that external expectations shouldn’t sway her from staying true to her instincts and maintaining her unique identity.
She told LAMAR,
What I’m concerned about is not being able to tap into that place anymore just because I betrayed myself, and that’s why I have to stick with my gut.
Because how do you go back after betraying your trust?TEMS
Kendrick asked her whether she feels like she has made any mistakes or regrets anything so far in the last five years,
The thing about making mistakes is there’s grace. We’re all going to make mistakes, but what happens when you do?