Tinie Tempah: Destined To Be a Star

One of my absolute favorites on the music scene right now is Tinie Tempah, who is a British rapper from Plumstead, South London. His first album, Disc-Overy, debuted at number one in October 2010 after the release of his number one singles “Pass Out” and “Written in the Stars” and the top five singles “Frisky” and “Miami 2 Ibiza”.

Tinie Tempah, real name Patrick Junior Chukwuem Okogwu, was born on November 7, 1988 from parents Rose and Patrick Okogwu Sr.; he is of Igbo, Southeastern Nigerian heritage. He studied at St. Paul’s R.C. Secondary School in Abbey Wood SE2 (now known as St. Paul’s Academy). He continued his education with his A levels at St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College SW12.

In 2007, Tinie Tempah worked with Agent X and Ultra on a song titled “Perfect Girl”.

He released his debut album, Disc-Overy on October 4, 2010, which includes the hit singles “Pass Out”, “Frisky”, “Written in the Stars” “Miami 2 Ibiza” and “Invincible”.

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. He toured with Chipmunk in February 2009. According to MTV, Patrick’s major label debut album, titled Disc-Overy (pronounced discovery), was due for release in August 2009. Tinie then announced his second single, “Frisky”, which was released on 6 June 2010. Tinie performed at Radio 1 Big Weekend in Bangor on 22 May 2009 and 2010 on the In New Music We Trust stage and informed the crowd his album would be out in August 2010. He also toured with Mr Hudson in May 2010.

Tinie Tempah supported Rihanna for four dates (London on 11 May, Nottingham on 14 May, and Glasgow on 19 and 20 May.) on her 10-date UK tour with Tinchy Stryder and Pixie Lott. Tinie performed at many summer balls at various universities around the United Kingdom.

Tinie Tempah played the Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium on 6 June 2010, at Wakestock in Abersoch on 3 July, both T4 On The Beach and the Wireless Festival in London’s Hyde Park on 4 July, and both days of the V Festival on 21 and 22 August 2010.

“Written in the Stars” was the third single from Disc-Overy, the debut album, and was released on 27 September 2010 where it topped the charts on 3 October 2010; the day before his album release. “Invincible” is his next single off the album, Disc-overy.

Tempah has confirmed he is writing a second album, saying there will be a more electronic and live feel to it. It is not yet known what the title will be.