Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Christmas catch-up: Tinie Tempah

Tinie Tempah put out a free, nine-track mixtape just before the holidays. It's called Happy Birthday but, according to reliable internet information source "Wikipedia", Tinie was born in November - so the EP was either delayed for a few weeks, or it was intended to be an early birthday present for Jesus. Either way, you can download it (legally) from the DJ Booth website.

According to one of the tracks, appropriately entitled Leak A Mixtape, the collection was written and recorded in just six days. Consequently, it's more raw and stripped-back than his multi-platinum debut album, but still worth a listen. There are guest spots for J Cole, Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean. Tinie even liked one of the tracks enough to make a video, which went live on New Year's Day:

Tinie Tempah - You Know What

I have to say, I'm not a fan of Tinie's new lyrics, which have an unnerving degree of arrogance and misogyny. Time to stop hanging out with those US rappers, perhaps.

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