Everybody Down

Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2014 Ratings: #262 / 952
User Score
Based on 48 ratings
2014 Ratings: #192
May 19, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Big Dada / Label
Hip Hop, UK Hip Hop / Genres
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As a performance poet, Tempest is good, in a sort of ‘on before Robin Ince in the Latitude literary tent’ kind of way. As a rapper, though, she’s excellent, balancing deft flow and dense storytelling to the detriment of neither.

The 405

This is a tough album to get through in one piece. It's almost certainly worth your attention though because Kate Tempest is an artist with a talent that is rare these days.


If you’re after a hip-hop version of Trainspotting with Harry Potter as the protagonist, cheese-grater rough production and jokes about diarrhoea, look no further.

The Skinny

She effortlessly melds the personal and the political, an inspiring writer, subverting rap narratives and 'hood tales with a sharp eye for human behaviour, always creating compelling characters and precise, technical rhymes.   

The Line of Best Fit

Heavy themes abound throughout, and this isn’t an easy listen, despite the wry humour of the visual references and the slick use of samples.

Now THIS is it
Fairly uninspired
Her energy and word choice are on point, and her tempo works very well with the beats she chooses.

Favourite tracks: The Truth, Theme from Becky, Circles
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Track List

  1. Marshall Law
  2. The Truth
  3. Lonely Daze
  4. Chicken
  5. The Beigeness
  6. Theme From Becky
  7. Stink
  8. The Heist
  9. To The Victor The Spoils
  10. Circles
  11. A Hammer
  12. Happy End
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Added on: May 7, 2014