I don’t care about the money; I just want to get my music out there – Tems
Temilade Openiyi, a Grammy-winning Nigerian singer and songwriter, has spoken out about her dedication to her music career and how she deals with success.
Tems admitted in a recent interview with American rapper Kendrick Lamar published in Interview Magazine that she was willing to face significant challenges when transitioning from the widely acclaimed Afrobeat genre to pursue R&B.
She stated that she is still focused on getting her craft out there and is unconcerned about money.
“All I want to do is make music.” I want to make music that makes me want to rip my heart out, and if I can’t, I do not want anything else. I would rather do that and go bankrupt than compromise. I was not particularly concerned with the money. It is not that money is a bad thing. Money is abundant. “However, even now, I am chasing a frequency,” she admitted.
Tems believed that despite the advice she received from others at the time of her decision, Afrobeats did not align with her desired emotional intensity, despite the fact that many urged her to pursue Afrobeats.
“I had so much faith in myself that I did not mind if I never became anything or anyone.” I simply wanted to send a message. I wanted to broadcast my frequency. And I told myself, ‘Even if only ten people hear this, it is fine.’ I enjoy the intense feeling of “I am about to jump off a cliff.” That is how I want my music to feel all the time, and Afrobeats was not always providing that stimulation.
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“The only way you can do this is with Afrobeats,” everyone I asked for advice said. It is not that your music is bad; it simply does not fit in Nigeria. Nigerians despise this.” That is not a lie, nor is it a bad thing. But I knew in my heart that it was fine. I do not mind if no one likes it; I just want to make music.” she explained.