This rapping sensation has had a meteoric rise to fame in such an astonishingly short space of time, proving to be a breath of fresh air in the UK urban music scene.
As a grime artist in the beginning of his career, he found it difficult to gain much attention with the genre being dismissed as too aggressive and not for mainstream music ears. But with a cross-over to a more electronic sound – à la ‘Pass Out’ – Tinie became an overnight hit and the name on everyones lips. With a remarkable 51 weeks on the charts, Pass Out has catapulted the South-East London rapper to the very top. Gathering fans from the very biggest stars such as Snoop Dogg, Kylie Minogue and Rihanna has demostrated his sheer capabilities to be the next UK superstar. Oh and then there are the awards he has picked up from The Brits, The Mobo’s and Urban Music Awards along the way, which obviously help too!
He has been described as the UK’s answer to Kanye West, and with such rapping intelligence as well as a confident stage presence and a suave dress sense, it’s easy to see why. What separates the two, however, is the humble and level-headed attitude that Tinie harbours on his young shoulders. He is an entertainer who has a really appealling manner when he performs; with an enthusiasm that makes you want to get on your feet and dance. It’s probably because his music is so catchy and imprints itself in your head, that the need to dance to his music is conceivable. This was demostrated in his performance at The Brit Awards where he had the entire audience on their feet with his awesome stage production featuring spectacular strobe lights which took over the entire room.
With chart-topping hits like ‘Pass Out’, ‘Written in the Stars’, ‘Frisky’ and ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’ it appears that he is here to stay. He is savvy in that he knows how to work the music scene, collaborating with other successful artists and producers like Kelly Rowland, Ellie Goulding, Labyrinth and Swedish House Mafia ensuring the liklihood of having a hit. Despite the assistance from others though, it could not be achieved without his absolute musical excellence!
With a series of number one singles as well as a number one album ‘Disc-Overy’, his upcoming gig for Teenage Cancer Trust at The Royal Albert Hall in London is certain to be a really enjoyable and lively gig; which will once again have everyone wanting to dance.