Tenesha WordSmith is a supremely talented spoken word artist originally from Oakland, California. I’ve been a fan of her work since last year’s Madea/Dangerous Women EP, released last year. Produced by Khalab, her new album Peacocks and Other Savage Beasts is set to be released on the 30th August via On The Corner Records.
She has released two new singles, “Why White Folks Can’t Call Me N*gg*” and “Again,” tracks that are racially charged and introspective. The former track is a 5-minute masterpiece of introspective, historical and racially charged lyricism that’s most incredibly clever and super educational too. This is over a backdrop of percussion and syncopated drumming. There are unnerving bass and synth notes that dominate the sound of this track, making it a riveting listen. “Again” features tribal rhythms and heavy percussion, with tuba notes throughout that give out an unsettling vibe to this track as a whole. The lyrics are about love and finding an inner peace, which kinda juxtaposes with the intense sound of this record. Overall, these two tracks are a great taster into Tenesha’s world, and I’m hoping that her album sounds as intense and poetic as these tracks – I’m sure it will.
Listen to Tenesha WordSmith’s two new tracks “Why White Folks Can’t Call Me N*gg*” and “Again” below via Bandcamp. Her new album titled Peacocks and Other Savage Beasts is set to come out on the 30th August. Released via On The Corner Records. Don’t forget to support!