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About Tinie Tempah
Tinie Tempah is a London-born rapper and MC who also owns and runs Disturbing London Records. A Multiple time BRIT Award winner, he has had a long list of UK top 20 singles and his debut album, Disc-Overy, debuted at No. 1 in the UK album chart and at number 21 in the US Billboard chart. With a broad audience appeal and a number of notable collaborations, Tinie has enjoyed success across the world.
Tinie found early success at the underground level with collaborations with people such as Chipmunk and DJ Ironic which led to opportunities to tour with Dizzee Rascal and Sway. He was first noticed by major labels when he played at the 2009 Wireless Festival. He soon signed with Parlophone Records and released his first proper single, Pass Out, which entered at No. 1 in the UK singles chart. The release of his first full album, Disc-Overy, was met with critical acclaim and his new-found popularity led to a memorable Glastonbury performance alongside Snoop Dog.
The success of Disc-Overy led to a number of other huge UK appearances including Radio One's Big Weekend, The Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium and his first full UK tour as a headline act, supported by Chitty Bang. His 2012 album, Demonstration, also became a huge chart success and led to increased exposure worldwide. He collaborated with Usher on his European tour and even performed in front of over 70,000 people at Wrestlemania where his song, Written In The Stars, was the official theme. Tinie has won a number of MOBO Awards including Best Newcomer and Best UK Hip Hop and Grime Act on two occasions.The song, Pass Out, was the winner of the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song in 2011 and the Album Disc-Overy was nominated for the Mercury Prize Album of the Year.
Tinie came up with his stage name at the age of 13 and has always tried to stick to his London roots and stay true to his music. He moved back home during the recording of his second album as he feared he was losing touch with who he was. The 1990s, UK grime and hip hop scene shaped Tinie's musical leanings, with Dizzee Rascal being one of his main influences as well as London's So Solid Crew. Since reaching the top of the music industry he has had the chance to collaborate with such names as Kelly Rowland, Swedish House Mafia, Labrinth and John Martin.