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Tinie Tempah
Born 7 November 1988 (1988-11-07) (age 21)
Origin South London, England
Genres Grime, hip hop, electro, alternative
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006–present
Labels Parlophone/DL Records Ltd
Associated acts DJ Ironik, Chipmunk, Mz Bratt, Kele Le Roc, Bashy, Tinchy Stryder, Jacob Friett, N-Dubz
Website www.tinietempah.com

Patrick Okogwu (born November 7, 1988), better known by his stage name, Tinie Tempah, is a rapper and MC from South East London. He was born to Nigerian parents Frank & Rosemary Okogwu and has a brother and two sisters Kelly (born July 26 1990) and Marian . Tinie's first music video for promotional single ‘Wifey’, became an underground smash hit holding the Channel U urban chart top spot for 10 consecutive weeks, back in 2006. He plans to release his LP, "The Disc-Overy" in July 2010. [1]

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Life & career

His personal break came with a YouTube video hit of a track called "Wifey" and scoring a track for a hand-held computer console alongside DJ Ironik in 2005. Patrick went on to shoot his first music video for "Wifey", which went on to be an underground smash hit holding the Channel U urban chart top spot for 10 consecutive weeks. Alongside his cousin who came on board as manager, the pair set up their own label, Disturbing London Records, through which Patrick released his first official mixtape, Hood Economics Room 147: The 80 Minute Course. As well as featuring Bashy and Chipmunk (rapper), the CD caught the attention of a writer from the New York Times, who gave it a glowing review, noting Patrick’s shifting rhyme schemes, delivery and "nerve." [2].

In mid 2009 Patrick released his second mixtape, "Sexy Beast: Volume 1". Inspired by the Ray Winstone film, the CD featured M.I.A. (artist) on I’m Hot and proved to be so popular that the South Londoner ended up making another D.I.Y. video in New York. He has been hired by several clubs such as Rochester club Amadeus in the past as an entertainer but is now set to try to further his career by appearing alongside hit artists such as Chipmunk. Wiley once claimed Patrick would never make it, triggering a feud that signalled an end to any dual performances between the popular grime artists.

His debut single "Pass Out" has received radio play from Tim Westwood, Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac, Ras Kwame, MistaJam, Jo Whiley and Chris Moyles while Zane Lowe declared it the "Hottest Record In The World Today" and "Single Of The Week" [3] and is currently on the BBC Radio 1 Playlist A List. [4] In addition Reggie Yates named it as the Weekend Anthem for 20/21st February 2010. The Official Music Video [5] is out and the track was released March 1st. On March 7, 2010, "Pass Out" went straight to #1 on the UK Singles Chart and the UK R&B Chart.

Chris Moyles has recently made a new parody for this song, calling the artist the 'Tiny Temper Trap' and its lyrics follow the theme of the artist having an extremely bad temper, and is always in a bad mood. This has been played a small number of times on the Chris Moyles Show, and this version is sung by Chris. Patrick was nominated for MTV's 10 for 2010 as an artist to watch out for in 2010. [6]

He announced his signing to Parlophone by running a competition on his blog, with the winner invited to High Tea at Claridges to celebrate the deal.[7] According to MTV, Patrick's major label debut album, titled "The Disc-Overy", is due to release in July 2010. [8] He toured with Chipmunk in February 2010.

Discography

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Singles

Year Single Peak Chart Positions Album
UK UK
R&B
IRE
2010 "Pass Out" 1 1 13 The Disc-Overy

References

  1. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a206651/tinie-tempah-promises-striking-album.html
  2. ^ Genres to Bend, Words to Finesse, Rhymes to Unravel, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/10/arts/music/10play.html 
  3. ^ Zane Lowe Hottest Record!, http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/3cce3d37-d44f-46a2-b1e3-cd7247d5015c 
  4. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/playlist/
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzvGKas5RsU
  6. ^ MTV 10 for 2010, http://www.mtv.co.uk/music/10-for-10-tinie-tempah 
  7. ^ Tinie Tempah signs to Parlophone/EMI! (Video), http://milkand2sugars.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/tinie-tempah-signs-to-parlophoneemi/ 
  8. ^ http://www.mtv.co.uk/music/10-for-10-tinie-tempah

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Patrick Okogwu is a rapper from South London. He was born 7 November 1988. He is better known by his stage name Tinie Tempah.pcd:Tinie Tempah


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