Kae Tempest is a British writer, rapper, poet and playwright. Formerly known as Kate, Tempest has been performing consistently since the age of 16. She began rapping in battles and has continued developing her skills as a writer and a performer ever since. Performing with her band Sound of Rum, Tempest performed extensively in the UK and also in Latvia, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin and New York. She has written poems for Barnado's, Channel 4, Amnesty International and Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Offili amongst others.
Tempest is a three-time poetry slam winner at the prestigious Nu-Yorican Poetry Cafe in New York and teaches a spoken word writing and performance workshop at Yale University. In 2012, Tempest's first play Wasted toured the UK, following the disbanding of Sound of Rum. In 2012, she launched the theatrical spoken word piece Brand New Ancients at the Battersea Arts Centre (2012), which won her the Herald Angel and the Ted Hughes Prize. In 2013, Tempest released her first poetry book Everything Speaks in its Own Way.
In 2014, she released the album Everybody Down, which was nominated for the 2014 Mercury Prize. In April 2016, her debut novel The Bricks That Built The Houses was a Sunday Times bestseller. Later that year she released the album Let Them Eat Chaos, which was also nominated for the Mercury Prize, this time in 2017. She was nominated for Best British Female Solo Performer at the 2018 Brit Awards.