Given the palpable excitement surrounding her, it’s startling to think that up until now, Tems only has three officially released singles. The regard in which she is held by both fans and her peers is testament to the frightening global potential she has already showcased on tracks like “Mr Rebel”, “Looku Looku”, and her breakout hit, “Try Me”.
Despite no solo releases since “Try Me”, one of the biggest anthems of 2019, she has kept her foot down on the pedal, shuttling between giving us enchanting collaborations with the likes of Khalid, DRB Las Gidi and Odunsi (the Engine), and gracing stages for electric cameos at Palmwine Fest and Starboy Fest, respectively. Despite this, Tems has been acutely aware that her Rebel Gang have been yearning for a song from their leader. Today, she returns with the RVdical The Kid-produced “These Days”, a deep, reflective but uplifting number she describes as “A Gift to the Gang”. Fitting for the uncertain times we are in, Tems sings on the hook with her unmistakeable inflection, about the darkness before the dawn: “These days are made for the pain, these nights are not for the stars.”
As we all navigate through unprecedented times, music has been a a form of escapist relief for many. Records like this from Tems perfectly encapsulate this. Thank you to her, and and all the artists currently doing their bit to see us through.
Watch the Danielle Mbonu-direct lyric video for “These Days” here.
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