Tinie Tempah - Discovery

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This guy is now the UK's second favourite rapper. He's currently #1 in the charts for the second time. And Pass Out is straight up single-of-the-year contender. And this is one of the biggest British pop debuts of the year and a snapshot of the UK mainstream in 2010. Frankly it is disgustingly remiss of ILM not to have a Tinie thread already.

The album is great. Even when it's a bit bollocks, which as to be expected from these things is quite a lot, he's still such an endearing vocal presence that I'm inclined to forgive him. I cannot even remotely justify liking Written In The Stars and its ludicrous fake Muse chorus, and yet like it I do.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 09:19 (six years ago) Permalink

cant bring myself to hear this

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 09:29 (six years ago) Permalink

Don't you mean Disc-Overy?

Agree with Matt DC, though. Pass Out is SOTY material and the album is half-amazing. The last track, where he whines about being famous for - what? - six months tops is the only serious miscalculation. He was tremendous at Bestival - even the cornier stuff like Written in the Stars and the Swedish House Mafia track. Given my general estrangement from chart music at the moment, I'm relieved to be loving this. He's funny, which counts for a lot.

Haunted Clocks For Sale (Dorianlynskey), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 09:50 (six years ago) Permalink

I couldn't bring myself to write Disc-Overy.

First run of six tracks is just fantastically enjoyable, then it gets a bit waylaid in trying to please everyone. Stadium rock followed by Swedish House Mafia followed by drippy Kelly Rowland chorus. But it picks up at the end I think, the Megadrive synth track with Ellie Goulding is surprisingly great.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 09:56 (six years ago) Permalink

Disc-Ovary

The Reverend, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 10:07 (six years ago) Permalink

"Pass Out" is dope. Good job UK for getting an actual rap song with good rapping to #1 this year, doing better than us.

The Reverend, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 10:08 (six years ago) Permalink

RUH! - i'm an extraterrestrial! - came out the fuckin dirt like a vegetable!

r|t|c, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 21:53 (six years ago) Permalink

i just pressed play on this and instantly wanted to type that out somewhere basically.

r|t|c, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 21:53 (six years ago) Permalink

haha halfway through the 2nd track and he's had me in stitches abt 5 times already

r|t|c, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 21:59 (six years ago) Permalink

phew... "i used to sit next to rachel in st pauls" nearly blew my tiny mind before i checked

r|t|c, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 22:05 (six years ago) Permalink

He is the absolute king of the self-aggandising first line followed by self-deprecating non-sequitur rhyme.

Matt DC, Thursday, 7 October 2010 13:09 (six years ago) Permalink

Fuckin' adore this.

Tim F, Sunday, 10 October 2010 22:01 (six years ago) Permalink

Love the way he tracks an end-rhyme, or at least half-rhyme, across several bars, switching from funny to genuine, or bragging to self-mocking, as he goes:

I think I should remind em,
I'm about to clean up like a Dyson
Cause I just say how it is like Simon
I like the taste of alcohol I got wine gums
I don't ever wanna hear another siren
Them highrises can block your horizon
Disturbing London is the city that I'm from
Where if we like the tune, we make the DJ rewind em

The baby boomers have defined everything once and for all (Dorianlynskey), Sunday, 10 October 2010 22:12 (six years ago) Permalink

i like tinie and his lyrics but sadly i don't like many of his beats. can pop music just turn the treble down already, or preferably off.

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Monday, 11 October 2010 14:56 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm coming to the conclusion that your ongoing complaint about "treble" in pop music is actually a Nick Southall compression rant in disguise. You can't have pop music without treble.

Matt DC, Monday, 11 October 2010 15:00 (six years ago) Permalink

it doesn't have to dominate quite so much though.

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Monday, 11 October 2010 15:03 (six years ago) Permalink

Thing is, the bass is pretty big on much of this album as well. But the whole thing is a massive overcompressed plasticky block of sound (and oh the irony it's almost certainly designed partly with mobile phones on buses in mind) so that virtually everything is as loud as possible.

For some reason I don't actually mind it here, but you really do notice the difference on the tracks where there's actually some space (Pass Out, Snap in particular).

Matt DC, Monday, 11 October 2010 15:07 (six years ago) Permalink

space is kind of a prerequisite for me liking a beat really.

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Monday, 11 October 2010 15:16 (six years ago) Permalink

i like tinie and his lyrics but sadly i don't like many of his beats. can pop music just turn the treble down already, or preferably off.

I actually think this album is my favourite example of typical 2010 pop-rap production.

The first couple of tracks in particular use the expected plasticky blocky trebly dancey wall-of-sound to make a kind of pop equivalent of "What You Know" (probably the last decade's no. 1 example of unspacious production done well).

Tim F, Monday, 11 October 2010 22:00 (six years ago) Permalink

no "wearing my rolex" but "pass out" is pretty fuckin dope

truly blunted rhyme fiend (J0rdan S.), Monday, 11 October 2010 22:11 (six years ago) Permalink

so he's sorta like a taio cruz that actually tries to rap?

truly blunted rhyme fiend (J0rdan S.), Monday, 11 October 2010 22:11 (six years ago) Permalink

love how "pass out" and "frisky" really pick up at the end

truly blunted rhyme fiend (J0rdan S.), Monday, 11 October 2010 22:32 (six years ago) Permalink

the r&b singer taio cruz has not lived up to jordan's rap expectations.

r|t|c, Monday, 11 October 2010 22:40 (six years ago) Permalink

is he an r&b singer? oh god i'm like the new york post gossip columnists that call all black r&b singers rappers!

truly blunted rhyme fiend (J0rdan S.), Monday, 11 October 2010 22:42 (six years ago) Permalink

to be fair he is so bad at it it's near-impossible to tell.

r|t|c, Monday, 11 October 2010 22:44 (six years ago) Permalink

he as much raps as he does sing on "break your heart" & "dynamite"

truly blunted rhyme fiend (J0rdan S.), Monday, 11 October 2010 22:45 (six years ago) Permalink

(and oh the irony it's almost certainly designed partly with mobile phones on buses in mind)

was delighted to see the "no playing music on your mobile phone" icon stickers on London busses last month! but forogt to take a photo

bitchmaid (sic), Monday, 11 October 2010 22:55 (six years ago) Permalink

i'll just dump the key PRE-FAME tinie tempah cuts here then

^^the beat that first brought flukes of crazy cousinz to prominence (he made it when he was like 9 or something ridiculous) (ok 16)

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Monday, 11 October 2010 23:38 (six years ago) Permalink

I actually think this album is my favourite example of typical 2010 pop-rap production.

excluding everything from the US i assume? in which case you're not setting the bar high exactly

The first couple of tracks in particular use the expected plasticky blocky trebly dancey wall-of-sound to make a kind of pop equivalent of "What You Know" (probably the last decade's no. 1 example of unspacious production done well).

tinie tempah definitely doesn't fare well in this comparison, though it's sort of unfair (and "what you know", while i wouldn't call it spacious exactly, is faaaaar less cluttered than most of these tracks)

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Monday, 11 October 2010 23:40 (six years ago) Permalink

excluding everything from the US i assume? in which case you're not setting the bar high exactly

When I said "typical 2010 pop-rap production" I really meant the post-Guetta aesthetic, whether US or non-US (e.g. "No Love Lost" et. al.). I guess you could say I'm still setting the bar pretty low.

Tim F, Tuesday, 12 October 2010 01:11 (six years ago) Permalink

for an artist that has absorbed american swagger rap, i find tinie tempah to be as endearingly corny as i would want from a british rapper

20 light bulbs around my table and my dresser
CLC kompressor, just in case that don't impress her

i just love the idea of him being all "now check out my vanity!" and the chick looking askance and him going "ALRIGHT WELL LET'S LOOK AT THE BENZ, SHALL WE?"

truly blunted rhyme fiend (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 12 October 2010 06:04 (six years ago) Permalink

kinda can't stop listening to "pass out"

truly blunted rhyme fiend (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 12 October 2010 06:05 (six years ago) Permalink

a shame that even tho our male pop stars sound so much like this that this prob won't even sniff american pop charts, even by the 8 months late standard that we've set on catching on to british pop -- if ludacris recorded this exact song it would be a fucking smash

truly blunted rhyme fiend (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 12 October 2010 06:06 (six years ago) Permalink

"pass out" is def single-of-year contender

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Tuesday, 12 October 2010 06:47 (six years ago) Permalink

do ppl think that "miami 2 ibiza" is a bit garish? i think the big synth riff is kind of great, also love how far he takes the brand name thing

truly blunted rhyme fiend (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 12 October 2010 08:11 (six years ago) Permalink

"A bit" garish???!!!

Matt DC, Tuesday, 12 October 2010 08:49 (six years ago) Permalink

lol

truly blunted rhyme fiend (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 12 October 2010 08:50 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm not keen on that one really, or that whole section of the album tbh, it seems to fall into the "try and please everyone" trap you get with so many Brit rap albums.

The album version of Pass Out isn't as good as the single, the additions of those extra bars completely bungles the moment when the chorus suddenly explodes into drum and bass.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 12 October 2010 08:53 (six years ago) Permalink

Hood Economics is terrific by the way, I remember hearing it on some Channel U compilation c. 2007 that was generally full of arse-end-of-grime Bearman types and it really stood out. The other track on that comp that that really stood out was Hey Girl by Ear Dis so clearly it was a harbringer of better days to come.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 12 October 2010 08:55 (six years ago) Permalink

"obsession" & "invincible" are prob the two weakest tracks after "written in the stars" obv and maybe "snap"

truly blunted rhyme fiend (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 12 October 2010 09:01 (six years ago) Permalink

oh god i'm like the new york post gossip columnists that call all black r&b singers rappers!

― truly blunted rhyme fiend (J0rdan S.), Monday, October 11, 2010 3:42 PM Bookmark

uh huh

markers' make (The Reverend), Tuesday, 12 October 2010 16:53 (six years ago) Permalink

The album version of Pass Out isn't as good as the single, the additions of those extra bars completely bungles the moment when the chorus suddenly explodes into drum and bass.

― Matt DC, Tuesday, October 12, 2010 1:53 AM Bookmark

this is otm

markers' make (The Reverend), Tuesday, 12 October 2010 16:53 (six years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

chamillionaire rapping over "pass out" http://hulkshare.com/tezov9120xbw

J0rdan S., Sunday, 16 January 2011 05:29 (six years ago) Permalink

man "pass out" is kinda great, huh?

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 20 January 2011 10:36 (six years ago) Permalink

thanks for those links btw lex - i loooooove "wifey"

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 20 January 2011 10:37 (six years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Late to this

A41 (admrl), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:36 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

written in the stars has to be one of the 10 greatest youtube basketball highlight tracks ever (and that's basically the best kind of music imo.)

Matt Armstrong, Sunday, 23 October 2011 07:57 (five years ago) Permalink

disc-overy

Ravaging Rick Rude (a hoy hoy), Sunday, 23 October 2011 08:03 (five years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

sexy seno-RITA i feel your ORA [aura]

fuck u

calum-y maybe (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 8 July 2012 15:40 (four years ago) Permalink

impressed that he thought that up with his tinie tempah-ral lobe

I'm HOOSin' out, 36 o's, so I'm drivin' round with that steena (some dude), Sunday, 8 July 2012 16:11 (four years ago) Permalink

haha i kinda like that verse

hardhouse banter (tpp), Monday, 9 July 2012 14:39 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah that is textbook tinie! where others would sound lame he just comes off as cheeky

r|t|c, Monday, 9 July 2012 14:48 (four years ago) Permalink

"baby i ain't talking books when i say that i can take you across the BORDERS!!"

like listen to the way he doesnt even try to play cool and disguise that delivery

r|t|c, Monday, 9 July 2012 14:49 (four years ago) Permalink

hickory dickory, i just had an epiphany
why'd i call myself tinie if i keep thinking about bigamy

^ one of my favourite tinie joeks

r|t|c, Monday, 9 July 2012 14:51 (four years ago) Permalink

the rita/ora line isn't even that verse's real clanker

bitch I'm on the 242 (lex pretend), Monday, 9 July 2012 14:53 (four years ago) Permalink

i'll make you call me DADDY even though you ain't my DAUGHTER

just noooooooooooooooo

bitch I'm on the 242 (lex pretend), Monday, 9 July 2012 14:54 (four years ago) Permalink

rita ora taking over with I'M READY FOR YA is an amazing moment on the seamus haji remix though

bitch I'm on the 242 (lex pretend), Monday, 9 July 2012 14:54 (four years ago) Permalink

he has too much charisma to ever clank, this is the thing

r|t|c, Monday, 9 July 2012 14:55 (four years ago) Permalink

so I saw this guy perform on TV, Paladia HD was showing some British festival...

Is this dude like the B.O.B. of England or what?

wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 17 July 2012 16:17 (four years ago) Permalink

exactly

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 17 July 2012 16:18 (four years ago) Permalink

Is this dude like the B.O.B. of England or what?

Ha! otm

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 17 July 2012 16:19 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

(featuring Ella Eyre)
(featuring 2 Chainz)
(featuring Labrinth)
(featuring Dizzee Rascal and Ty Dolla Sign)
(featuring John Martin)
(featuring Candice Pillay)
(featuring Big Sean)
(featuring Emeli Sandé)
(featuring Sway Clarke II)
(featuring Paloma Faith)
(featuring Laura Mvula)

r|t|c, Thursday, 31 October 2013 12:04 (three years ago) Permalink

Bingo.

Matt DC, Thursday, 31 October 2013 12:20 (three years ago) Permalink

Seriously, I could not imagine a less pulse-quickening set of collaborators than that. Maybe stick Eliza Doolittle in there as well.

Matt DC, Thursday, 31 October 2013 12:22 (three years ago) Permalink

Driving the car into the ditch by getting Jessie J on a track would at least show commitment.

Matt DC, Thursday, 31 October 2013 12:25 (three years ago) Permalink

since no one else will be morbid enough to listen to this i shall now liveblog chucklesome tinie lines as they wash over me

r|t|c, Thursday, 31 October 2013 13:01 (three years ago) Permalink

1. thinking about life / listening to too short / maybe they'll have a statue of me in madame tussauds

r|t|c, Thursday, 31 October 2013 13:01 (three years ago) Permalink

2. trying to get fellatio / from girls as fresh as daisy lowe

r|t|c, Thursday, 31 October 2013 13:10 (three years ago) Permalink

3. tiger beer or cobra / lime in my corona / shakes down my bilateral periorbital hematoma

r|t|c, Thursday, 31 October 2013 13:15 (three years ago) Permalink

3 is #accidentalpartridge

Legitimate space tale (LocalGarda), Thursday, 31 October 2013 13:21 (three years ago) Permalink

4. life threw me lemons / now celebrity juice on my sofa

5. and a girl to make a racket / call her anna kournikova / had to put me in another tax bracket / so much for my diploma

6. roses gabor (no!) / ester dean (yes!) [wtf]

7. another woman under cover like a bryan ferry album

r|t|c, Thursday, 31 October 2013 13:26 (three years ago) Permalink

She take it off but leave on her stilettos / You know you can find me around white girls like Othello

Matt DC, Monday, 4 November 2013 18:47 (three years ago) Permalink

i have no idea whether any of these lines are on-the-nose rtc parodies or not

lex pretend, Monday, 4 November 2013 18:49 (three years ago) Permalink

kournikova reference :)

what is he doing talking about roses gabor but not getting her on the album

lex pretend, Monday, 4 November 2013 18:49 (three years ago) Permalink

2. trying to get fellatio / from girls as fresh as daisy lowe

if i was to listen to this, this line would be the point at which i would stop, btw

lex pretend, Monday, 4 November 2013 18:50 (three years ago) Permalink

(featuring Emeli Sandé)

and YOU AGAIN!

she's on the robert glasper too

lex pretend, Monday, 4 November 2013 18:50 (three years ago) Permalink

A cursory skim has confirmed this to be an completely unsurprising dud, but 'Don't Sell Out' is pretty fun.

Matt DC, Monday, 4 November 2013 19:00 (three years ago) Permalink

(featuring Dizzee Rascal and Ty Dolla Sign)

wait what

J0rdan S., Monday, 4 November 2013 19:02 (three years ago) Permalink

the song with 2 chainz is remarkably bad

J0rdan S., Monday, 4 November 2013 19:02 (three years ago) Permalink

The Dizzee/Ty Dolla Sign track is called 'Mosh Pit'.

Guess what it sounds like.

Matt DC, Monday, 4 November 2013 19:04 (three years ago) Permalink

haha the daisy lowe line is obv the best thing on the album. (and yeah cosign on 'don't sell out')

music got too shit for me to continue this lil project after the first few tracks, although the othello one is giving me new life

r|t|c, Monday, 4 November 2013 19:05 (three years ago) Permalink

The Othello one is from the same song as the Daisy Lowe one!

Matt DC, Monday, 4 November 2013 19:08 (three years ago) Permalink

His voice has either gotten deeper or he's deliberately making it so and he's lost a lot of his youthful charisma in the process :/

Matt DC, Monday, 4 November 2013 19:09 (three years ago) Permalink

oh! well that's handy

goes without saying the worstest line is 'trampoline's "i'm just strictly speaking anne frankly"

although "in a white ferrari spider, rolling with anansie" afterwards is prob his legit hottest

shift k3y remix of that is obviously choice btw

r|t|c, Monday, 4 November 2013 19:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Guess what it sounds like.

― Matt DC, Monday, November 4, 2013 2:04 PM (5 minutes ago) Bookmark

nooooo

J0rdan S., Monday, 4 November 2013 19:10 (three years ago) Permalink

then she vogue / then she vogue / AGYNESS DEYN

r|t|c, Monday, 4 November 2013 19:13 (three years ago) Permalink

you can pretty much tell when a dumb 2 chainz verse is him being sly and when it's him not giving a flying fuck about the quality of the song, and the tinie tempah one might be the best example of the latter

J0rdan S., Monday, 4 November 2013 19:16 (three years ago) Permalink

the sad part is that in an alternate world, tinie f/ tity would be the perfect vortex of dad joek rap

old homophobic boom bap rap traditionalist (The Reverend), Monday, 4 November 2013 19:28 (three years ago) Permalink

otm, if he can lavish "sold out arenas you can suck my penis" on derulo idk why he would phone it in for tinie :/

bit sad about this album tbh, there was no reason for it to be a flop

r|t|c, Monday, 4 November 2013 20:09 (three years ago) Permalink

when the 2 chainz joint came out i thought he was going for full on american crossover but the guests on this don't make it seem like that is the case

maybe he felt shook by the idea of rudimental snatching his career?

J0rdan S., Monday, 4 November 2013 20:13 (three years ago) Permalink

nah i think the tity bit was always intended as a bit of extra comeback glamour before going for the same template as the first album. feel like that's a known brit strategy although examples escape me

eesh 'mosh pit' was produced by rick rock apparently

r|t|c, Monday, 4 November 2013 20:28 (three years ago) Permalink

Rudimental are different enough from Tinie for them to be plenty of room for both of them, but it's true that the pop-grime crew have been totally caught out by the sudden paradigm shift in the British mainstream. It says a lot that none of them have even bothered to jump onto this year's sound.

Matt DC, Monday, 4 November 2013 20:32 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

great shift k3y tunes on 'youth'. the whole thing is sooo good.

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