A handful of words often tell you everything you need to know. When asked, who is Kate Tempest? “Kate Tempest is the words,” she responds. For a woman whose public life remains rooted in poetic magnetism, five words serve as an apropos summation. Yet, her actions beg you to surmise so much more. That’s because you haven’t ever seen, heard, or experienced anyone quite like her. Tempest uncovers the missing link between the Golden Ages of literature and hip-hop.
The Book of Traps and Lessons is Tempest's much-anticipated third studio album, produced by Rick Rubin, crafted with Rick Rubin and Dan Carey over the course of the past five years. It follows her previous releases, 2014’s Everybody Down and 2017’s Let Them Eat Chaos, both of which were shortlisted for the Mercury Prize in 2014 and 2017, respectively.