Tinie Tempah Talks New Music, Moving to the States, and Making His Parents Proud

You know him from his 2010 hit “Written In the Stars” featuring Eric Turner, and now the 27-year-old UK rapper has a brand new record out — “Girls Like” — featuring Zara Larsson which you can hear (and heard FIRST) on 92.3 AMP Radio in NYC.

During his visit to AMP Live Sessions, Shoboy and Nina grilled Tinie on what exactly he was up to with EDM producer Calvin Harris on a private jet (after stalking his Instagram, of course). Tinie explained that the two of them were in Las Vegas together, but it wasn’t the partying that had him most stoked about the trip — it was the conversation the duo had while on that private jet.

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“I’ve know Calvin for five years now,” Tinie told Shoboy. “What I really wanted to know was just how different life was living in America, being here a lot more, and he just said that he would never go back to England!”

“It was quite surreal to hear him say that,” Tinie continued. “Because obviously he must be really happy and he must be doing really well out here — so it was inspiring because I’ve done really well in the UK but this kind of elevates your sight and makes you feel like there’s more you need to do.”

Given the chance to live in the States, Tinie says he’d like to have “a nice apartment in New York and then maybe later on, when I get a bit older maybe, a nice little ranch in L.A.”

But it’s not all tame and informative all the time around Tinie. He also relayed a story about a recent trip to Los Angeles, where the AirBNB he and his crew rented somehow came packaged with two dancing girls.

“The actual deal was that it came with two girls. At first it was really weird but in the end it was kind of alright, to be fair. It didn’t say it in the description,” Tinie laughed. “We got there, and they were there — dancing to hip hop!”

“They literally lived with us for a week.”

UK rapper Tinie Tempah dropped by the 92.3 AMP studios to kick it with Shoboy, Nina and some lucky fans in the Adorama Live Theater. (Photo: Joe Cingrana/WBMP)

UK rapper Tinie Tempah dropped by the 92.3 AMP studios to kick it with Shoboy, Nina and some lucky fans in the Adorama Live Theater. (Photo: Joe Cingrana/WBMP)

[PHOTOS] Tinie Tempah In Studio with the Shoboy Show

[PHOTOS] Tinie Tempah Meets Fans at AMP Live Sessions

With a stage moniker like “Tinie Tempah”, you could make the assumption that the man behind it (real name Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu) would have a short fuse — easily angered — but this is far from the case.

“You could probably tell,” Tinie says. “There’s hardly any temper. I guess when it comes to my art; when it comes to the music; when it comes to how meticulous I am about the stage or the set up or the way things are run — yes, big temper. But everything else in life — chilled.”

But how would he react if a record he was working on was accidentally deleted by his significant other?

Interestingly enough, Tinie knows JUST how that feels.

“You’re bringing back horrible memories,” Tinie said with a small tear running down his cheek.

“It wasn’t my girl, but when I was younger when I used to live at my mom’s house obviously I was studying and I was making music and she didn’t want me to make any music whatsoever because we’re from a hard-backed Nigerian family,” says Tinie. “You have to be a lawyer, you have to be a doctor… you’ve gotta bring home the cash. So anytime I would produce, it wasn’t even accidental, my mom would just go by the mains while I was producing [and pull the plug].”

“I used to feel like the world was gonna end, because that’s when you couldn’t save anything — it was gone! I used to have little minor breakdowns.”

Now however, he says his parents are “super proud” of what he’s been able to accomplish.

Watch the full interview above and keep a look out for more music from Tinie Tempah in the coming months!


–Joe Cingrana/WBMP

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