MTV Artist To Watch In 2011: Tinie Tempah

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No British MC in recent memory, not since Dizzee Rascal, at least, has seemed so primed for U.S. success as Nigerian-born rapper Tinie Tempah.

The reason? It has to do with his mixture of the skitter, scattershot rhythms of UK Grime and Dubstep, with the more traditional sounds of American hip-hop and R&B.

After breaking out with the 2006 hit “Wifey,” Tinie Tempah has been building a reputation as a microphone master, dropping singles left and right and electrifying European club audiences.

But it’s with his newish single “Pass Out” that Tinie may have hit the big time with a thunderous beat that touches slightly upon J-Kwon’s classic single “Tipsy” and some squiggling, bewildering keyboards on top (for that Grime appeal). It’ll keep dancers moving in clubs from Atlanta to London and all points in between.

Check out Tinie Tempah’s video for “Pass Out” and get to know the man in his own words with an exclusive Buzzworthy interview, both below.


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