Tenesha The WordSmith is an Oakland, California based spoken word artist. She has released a lyrically dense new album titled Peacocks and Other Savage Beasts produced entirely by Khalab. Her singles “Why White Folks Can’t Call Me N*gg*” and “Again” were poignant and lyrically dense with racially charged wordplay, which is something that is prominent throughout the whole album.
The album is heavy in raw, tribal percussion, with keys and heavy beats throughout. Tracks like “The Collection” and “Peacocks and Other Savage Beats” are introspective tracks telling vivid autobiographical stories over electronic, hypnotic production that just keeps pulsating throughout rhythmically. “Madea” is a riveting, lyrically dense record talking about the horrors slaves faced, in a brutally honest and incredibly open way. There’s a lot to still digest with this record, as it is an intricate, textured album with themes that are difficult yet essential to talk about. Tenesha’s ability to convey her thoughts and messages in an upfront and non-apologetic manner is what makes her album such a captivating listen.
Listen to Tenesha The WordSmith’s excellent new album Peacocks and Other Savage Beasts below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via On The Corner Records.