About Tinie Tempah
British rapper and singer Tinie Tempah scored two No. 1 hits with his blockbuster 2010 debut album, Disc-Overy. The genre-blurring artist has since remained a UK chart fixture and collaborated with the biggest names in pop, hip-hop, and electronic music.
• Born in London to Nigerian immigrants, Tinie was inspired to make music by the UK hip-hop group So Solid Crew.
• At age 12, he flipped through a thesaurus and came upon “temper” as a word meaning “angry.” He put “tiny” in front to seem less aggressive. The name stuck.
• As a teenager, he joined the grime crew Aftershock Hooligans and released his first official project, Chapter 1: Verse 22, in 2005. The following year, his song “Wifey” became popular on the British music TV channel Channel U.
• In 2007, Tinie released Hood Economics Room 147 on his own Disturbing London label. He signed to Parlophone in 2009 after being discovered at that year’s Wireless Festival.
• His 2010 debut single, “Pass Out,” debuted at No. 1 on the UK charts. His follow-ups “Frisky” and “Written in the Stars” reached No. 2 and No. 1, respectively. All three tracks appear on his debut album, Disc-Overy, which topped the UK charts and earned a Mercury Prize nomination.
• The rapper notched a third UK No. 1 hit in 2012, when he guested on Rita Ora’s “R.I.P.”
• Tinie’s 2013 sophomore studio album, Demonstration, spawned two more Top 10 UK hits: “Trampoline” (featuring 2 Chainz) and “Children of the Sun” (featuring John Martin).
• His third album, 2017’s Youth, includes the No. 1 single “Not Letting Go,” featuring British singer Jess Glynne.
• He added three more No. 1 hits to his tally by guesting on DVBBS and Borgeous’ “Tsunami (Jump)” in 2014, Cheryl Cole’s “Crazy Stupid Love” in 2014, and KDA’s “Turn the Music Louder (Rumble)” in 2015.
BORNNovember 7, 1988