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Tinchy Stryder

Tinchy Stryder performing on the Uncle B Tour
Background information
Birth name Kwasi Danquah
Also known as Star In The Hood/S.I.T.H/Tinch
Born 10 June 1986 (1986-06-10) (age 23)
Origin Bow, East London
Genres Grime, hip-hop, pop
Occupations Rapper, producer
Years active 2004 - present
Labels Takeover Entertainment, Island
Associated acts N-Dubz, Amelle Berrabah, Wiley, Freddie Mercury, Tanya Lacey, Zubin Mehta, Toddla T, Fuda Guy, Roachee, Ruff Sqwad, Roll Deep, Shayan Italia, Bashy, Kano, Sway, Double S

Kwasi Danquah[1] (born 10 June 1986), better known by his stage name Tinchy Stryder, is a British pop rap vocalist. Stryder is from Bow, East London and attended St Bonaventure's Catholic Comprehensive School in Forest Gate, Newham; he later enrolled as a student at the local university, the University of East London,[2] where he completed his BA degree in moving image and animation[2][3] in 2009. He rose to popularity with the song "Take Me Back", (a collaboration with Taio Cruz that was played during an episode of the American television show Melrose Place) which peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart in January 2009. He then released the aptly named song "Number 1", (a collaboration with N-Dubz) which entered the UK chart at #1 on 26 April 2009.[4]




Early career

Stryder started at the age of 14 on pirate radio sets in East London with other well known grime MCs such as Wiley and Dizzee Rascal. His stage name derives from the video game Strider which he played when he was young and from the nickname "Tinchy" given to him due to his short stature: his height at 5'1" (1.55m) making him the shortest male artist ever to top the UK Top 40.[5][6] Tinchy made a number of appearances on Sky's Channel U and especially their 1Xtanra radio show taking part in freestyles, sometimes joined by his crew Ruff Sqwad. Tinchy Stryder was part of a spectacular line up at The O2 arena 3D ELEKTRO RAVE alongside Caspa and Rusko, Frankmusik, High Contrast and Dancing Robot Music.[7] Tinchy Stryder was part of well-known grime crew Roll Deep for a while, featuring on some songs including 'U Were Always', which was released years later on Roll Deep's compilations album, Street Anthems.

When he was younger, Stryder played football for the Wimbledon youth team. He is a fan of Manchester United.[8]

2006-2008: Star in the Hood

The debut album by Tinchy Stryder, Star in the Hood, was released on 13 August 2007 on Takeover Entertainment. The album spawned two main singles, "Breakaway" and "Something about your Smile". Bonus track "Mainstream Money" was also released as an underground single.[citation needed]

Since 2006, Stryder's career has been managed by Takeover Entertainment, comprising Archie Lamb and Jack Foster.[6] Archie Lamb's father is Liberal Democrat MP, Norman Lamb, who has invested in Stryder's career.[6]

2008-2010: Catch 22

On 11 September 2008, it was revealed that Stryder would be featured on Craig David's new single "Where's Your Love" which was released on the 10 November 2008. He also appears on the track "Princes" from the album Saint Dymphna by Gang Gang Dance. His next single, called "Stryderman" was released and became his first single to chart in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 73. The song was the first single taken from his second studio album Catch 22. The second single, "Take Me Back", featuring Taio Cruz, (released on 19 January 2009) was a popular hit following numerous plays on Radio 1, Kiss FM and many other TV and radio stations. On 18 January, the song entered the official UK Singles Chart at 39 on downloads alone,[9] one day before its official release. The following week the single moved up 36 places to number 3.[10] he had then topped the charts for one week, then dropping a few places the next week.

On 26 April 2009, Stryder's next single, a collaboration with N-Dubz (whom he had toured with on their recent Uncle B tour), titled "Number 1" topped the UK Singles Chart giving Stryder and N-Dubz their first number one single.In an interview with Tim Westwood, Tinchy stated that due to the success of "Number 1" not going away yet, he had to push the album and a few things back to August 2009. Tinchy's fourth single from Catch 22, titled "Never Leave You", featuring Amelle Berrabah of the Sugababes, was released on 3 August 2009 with the album following on 17 August. who is close to his heart. "Never Leave You" went straight to Number 1 on the week of its release. Catch 22 debuted at Number 2 on the UK albums chart, only beaten by Calvin Harris. The fifth single from Catch 22 is "You're Not Alone" which was released in November 2009 and samples the Olive song of the same name.[citation needed] Tinchy's 6th single from the album will be 'Spotlight', which features on it vocals from Tanya Lacey.

Prior to the release of Catch 22, Tinchy released two free mixtapes - Star In The Hood EP Volume 1 and Star In The Hood EP Volume 2.

He took part in a cover track of The Killers' "All These Things That I've Done", which was named I Got Soul, along with many other acts including Chipmunk, N-Dubz and Pixie Lott, to raise money for War Child charity, which helps young people who have been forced to fight in wars. The single was released on 19 October 2009 and peaked at number 10 in the Offical UK Charts and 19 in the Irish Singles Chart.[citation needed]

As part of Tinchy's headline tour with Example and JME in February 2010, he paid respects to his Norfolk promoters Takeover Entertainment at a sell-out gig at Norwich's UEA.[11]



  1. ^ "BBC NEWS". Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Tinchy Stryder's university days". The Guardian. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Tinchy Stryder Graduated". University of East London. 
  4. ^ "UK number one for Tinchy Syder". BBC News Online. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Rapper Tinchy Stryder sells out Liverpool O2 Academy". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved November 11th, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c Petridis, Alexis (25 July 2009). "Tinchy Stryder: Rapping with the LibDems". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
  7. ^ Star in the Hood presents Tinchy Stryder!, Under the Radar Events
  8. ^ McLeish, Ian, ed (April 2010). "Red rapper". Inside United (Teddington: Haymarket Publishing) (213): 92. ISSN 1749-6497. 
  9. ^ "Top 40 Singles Archive: Week 32, 18/01/2009". Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  10. ^ "Top 40 Singles Archive: Week 32, 25/01/2009". Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
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