Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu was born on the 7th of November 1988 and is known by his stage name 'Tinie Tempah'. He is an English rapper, singer and songwriter. He was born in London, England and has origins in Ibusa, Delta State, Nigeria.
Tempah lived on the Aylesbury Estate in southeast London with his parents and younger siblings. He attended St. Paul's Catholic School in nearby Abbey Wood. After earning 10 GCSEs, he took A Levels in media studies, psychology, and religious studies at Saint Francis Xavier Sixth Form College. He conceived his stage name when he was 12 years old, from the music video for So Solid Crew's "21 Seconds". He used a thesaurus in class, juxtaposing "tempah" (temper), which he saw under "angry", with "tinie" (tiny), to lighten the aggressive sound of "tempah".
Tinie created his own record and fashion label Disturbing London Records in 2007 along with his cousin, Dumi Oburota. In 2009, he was signed to Parlophone Records a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. His first single 'Wifey' became an underground hit, but it wasn't until he signed to Parlophone that he broke into the mainstream. His single ‘Pass Out’ which was released in March 2010, hit number one, and saturated the airwaves all through summer of 2010.
After releasing a number of mixtapes, he released his long-awaited debut album, Disc-Overy, in October 2010. Preceded by two British number-one singles, "Pass Out" and "Written in the Stars", the album charted at number one and was certified Platinum the next year.
Tinie supported Rihanna on tour in May 2010, which helped increase his profile and demand for Tinie Tempah tickets grew. His second single, Frisky, was also an instant hit, reaching number two.
In February 2011, he won two Brit Awards for Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Single. Tinie made an appearance at Glastonbury in June on the prestigious Pyramid stage alongside Snoop Dogg really cemented his status as one of the hottest stars around. Snoop Dogg and Tinie performed Pass Out, and Tinie was ecstatic, leaping off stage to high five fans in the front row. Tinie Tempah tickets soared in popularity after this.
In November 2013, he released his second album, entitled Demonstration. Preceded by top ten singles "Trampoline" and "Children of the Sun", the album charted at number three and was certified gold by the BPI the next year. In June 2015, he released "Not Letting Go", the first single from his third album Youth. This gave Tempah his sixth UK number one, passing out Dizzee Rascal as the most by any rap artist.
Tinie is also a prominent figure in modern British fashion. In 2012, he was named best dressed man in GQ's Men of the Year Awards. In 2015, he was chosen as the new men ambassador for London Menswear Collections, replacing Nick Grimshaw, and was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men. In October 2015, Tempah became a team captain for Sky 1's music/comedy panel show Bring the Noise alongside pop star Nicole Scherzinger. In 2016, he appeared on the British programme Top Gear, along with Seasick Steve and Sharleen Spiteri in a South African SUV challenge. In 2017 he launched his fashion label called ‘What We Wear’at London Fashion Week Men's and streamed the show on Youtube.
Awards and Nominations
Below is a list of Tinie Tempah awards and nominations.
- BET Awards
2016 Got nomination for BET Award Best International Act U.K.
2014 Got nomination for BET Award Best International Act: UK
2011 Won BET Award Best International Act: UK
- BRIT Awards
2017 Got nomination for BRIT Award British Single for "Girls Like" shared with Zara Larsson
2017 Got nomination for BRIT Award British Artist Video of the Year for "Girls Like" shared with Zara Larsson
2011 Won Brit Award British Breakthrough Act for "Girls Like" shared with Zara Larsson
2011 Won Brit Award British Single for "Pass Out" shared with Zara Larsson
2011 Got nomination for Brit Award British Male Solo Artist for "Pass Out" shared with Zara Larsson
2011 Got nomination for Brit Award MasterCard British Album of the Year for "Disc-Ovey shared with Zara Larsson
- MOBO Awards
2014 Got nomination for MOBO Award Best Male Act for "Disc-Overy"shared with Zara Larsson
2014 Got nomination for MOBO Award Best Album for "Demonstration"shared with Zara Larsson
2014 Got nomination for MOBO Award Best Hip Hop Act for "Demonstration" shared with Zara Larsson
2011 Won MOBO Award Best UK Hip Hop / Grime Act for "Demonstration" shared with Zara Larsson
2011 Got nomination for MOBO Award Best Album for "Disc-Overy" shared with Zara Larsson
2011 Got nomination for MOBO Award Best Song for "Wonderman" shared with Zara Larsson
2011 Got nomination for MOBO Award Best UK Act for "Wonderman" shared with Zara Larsson
2010 Won MOBO Award Best Video For "Frisky" shared with Labrinth
2010 Won MOBO Award Best Newcomer for "Frisky" shared with Labrinth
2010 Got nomination for MOBO Award Best Song for "Pass Out" shared with Labrinth
2010 Got nomination for MOBO Award Best UK Act for "Pass Out" shared with Labrinth
- MTV Europe Music Award
2016 Got nomination for MTV Europe Music Award Best World Stage for "MTV Crashes, Plymouth (2015)" shared with Labrinth
- Q Awards
2011 Won Q Award Q Best Male Artist for "MTV Crashes, Plymouth (2015)"shared with Labrinth
- Shockwaves NME Award
2011 Got nomination for Shockwaves NME Award Best Dancefloor Filler for "Pass Out" shared with Labrinth
Watch Tinie Tempah's 'Written in The Stars' Music Video