[VIDEO] Tinie Tempah "Till I'm Gone" feat. Wiz Khalifa

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British superstar rapper Tinie Tempah takes us on a trip around the world in the video for his new single "Till I'm Gone" that features Wiz Khalifa. Filmed in sunny Los Angeles, the video transposes images from cities like Amsterdam, Sydney, New York and London to add a visual punchy lyrics about his jet-setting life.

Tinie explains in a video blog that "Till I'm Gone" is a "very personal" track that "relates to his life at this moment in time." The lyrics of the song chronicle his zig-zagging around the world like "Popeye on some spinach." "I basically wrote about the places I've been and some of the experiences I've had. (. . .) I'm coming out in America being the best I can be. I'm going to try to make something big happen here, and hopefully I won't too long before I bring it back home."

Also, note Good Charlotte's Madden brothers who make a cameo in the video at the 2:43 minute mark.

Produced by seasoned hitmakers Stargate (Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Beyonce), "Till I'm Gone" is an accomplished crossover tune that perfectly blends dance, hip hop and pop into one potent package. The track further explores Tempah's inventive and genre-forward sound that is flavored with his distinctly British delivery that is both frank and fun. "Till I'M Gone is taken from the U.S. version of Tempah's debut album "Disc-overy" that is available now. Watch the video after the break.

 

June 30, 2011 in Tinie Tempah | Permalink

Listen to Dev "Bass Down Low" (Tinie Tempah U.K. Remix)

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The world is falling head over heels in love with Dev. After the impressive success of "Bass Down Low" in the U.S. and touring with Usher across the States last month, the L.A. singer is now also gaining steady momentum overseas. "Bass Down Low" is rising to the top of the pop charts in the U.K. plus she will be touring around Europe this summer to play festivals and perform at TV shows.

Meanwhile, fans in North America can enjoy her new single "In The Dark" that is taken from her debut LP "The Night The Sun Came Up" that will be released on Universal Republic on September 20. Dev will also have a feature on Martin Solveig's new album "Smash" that will be released in different parts of Europe on Monday.

U.K. superstar emcee Tinie Tempah is showing support for Dev with his subtle reflip of "Bass Down Low" that first appeared on one of his new mixtapes and is now included on a brand-new "Bass Down Low" remix EP (download) that is available in the U.K. The Cataracs' slapping production remains intact, but Tinie added a few rhymes to the original to give it that grimey London touch. Listen to it after the break.

June 5, 2011 in Dev, Tinie Tempah | Permalink

Video: Arjan chats with Tinie Tempah

It's a big day for Tinie Tempah. After stirring up a storm of success overseas, the British MC is releasing his debut album "Disc-overy" in the U.S. today.

The record is a re-packaged version of his double-platinum U.K. album that comes with three new tracks, including "Till I'm Gone," his collaboration with Wiz Khalifa that was produced by Stargate (single review). The Norwegian duo also produced "Love Suicide," featuring special guest Esther Dean. The third new track, "So Addicted," was produced by Boi 1Da and features Bei Maejor.

I recently did a quick check in with Tinie to chat about his new record and what its release in the U.S. means to him. Stay tuned for more of our interview soon.

We also chatted about the importance of his U.K. debut single "Pass Out" and his very special relationship with Ellie Goulding who had a similar rise to fame in the U.K. and is now gaining steam in the U.S. (Grab Tinie's collaboration with Ellie Goulding "Wonderman" for free on iTunes.)

What I love about Tinie's sound is that he perfectly combines lyrical wit and a punchy delivery with a pop-savvy production. Tinie is a true product of his playlist generation, freely mashing styles into one potent brew of pop, hip hop, dance and electro. Tinie has put together a massive album that will appeal to the masses.

Download Tinie Tempah "Disco-overy" on iTunes.
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May 17, 2011 in Tinie Tempah | Permalink

Single Review: Tinie Tempah "Till I'm Gone" feat Wiz Khalifa

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Tinie Tempah and Wiz Khalifa, two of the brightest new stars on the global hip-pop scene, unleashed their brand-new collaboration "Till I'm Gone" this week that has both pop and hip hop fans paying attention.

The single is taken from the U.S. version of Tempah's debut album "Disc-overy" that will be released this upcoming Tuesday in a digital download store near you. The album also includes "Wonderman," Tinie's collaboration with ArjanWrites fave Ellie Goulding.

Produced by seasoned hitmakers Stargate (Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Beyonce), "Till I'm Gone" is an accomplished crossover tune that perfectly blends dance, hip hop and pop into one potent package. The track further defines Tempah's inventive and genre-forward sound that is flavored with his distinctly British delivery that is both frank and funny.

In a video message on his YouTube channel, the well-spoken and savvy MC explains that he was excited to work with Khalifa on "Till I'm Gone." Both MCs are storming up the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, and "this was the perfect time to work together," Tempah says.

"The relationship with Wiz has been building a long time," Tempah says. "I did a freestyle remix of 'Black & Yellow,' which he liked, and he asked if that remix could be made official for the release of 'Black & Yellow' in the U.K. (. . .) When I came to America, he already laid down a track with Stargate that he thought would be wicked for me. I heard it and I did my thing around it and ''Till I'm Gone' was made."

Tempah adds that "Till I'm Gone" is a very personal track that "relates to his life at this moment in time." The lyrics of the song chronicle his zig-zagging around the world like "Popeye on some spinach." "I basically wrote about the places I've been and some of the experiences I've had. (. . .) I'm coming out in America being the best I can be. I'm going to try to make something big happen here, and hopefully I won't too long before I bring it back home."

★★★★☆

Stay tuned for my exclusive video interview with Tinie Tempah on Tuesday.

May 14, 2011 in Tinie Tempah | Permalink