British rapper Tinie Tempah is already a star in his home country, and he’s also this week’s MTV PUSH Artist Of The Week. The recent BRIT Award winner for Best Breakthrough Act and Best Single is set to take over America with his fusion of hip-hop and anthemic rock, R&B and drum ’n’ bass.
Tinie Tempah got his start in the UK grime and dubstep scene with his standout single, “Wifey,” which helped him garner a massive following on his Disturbing London label. After that, he dropped his debut album, Disc-Overy — featuring larger-than-life hits like “Frisky,” “Written In The Stars” and “Pass Out” — which debuted last year at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and has since gone platinum, making him the biggest selling UK newcomer of 2010.
But if you’re still new to Tinie Tempah, we’ve got a whole bunch of videos below to earn you Instant Expert status. The first is Tinie Tempah’s “Written In The Stars” performance at MTV’s South By Southwest showcase in March. Plus, watch Tinie talk about his heavy reliance on — OK, obsession with — his BlackBerry, and how he uses social networking to advance his career (smart man), including a very British choice of YouTube user names. Once you have that down, see Tinie Tempah offer a handy UK-American translation guide — Jogg’n bottoms? Cuppa? Pissed? — and learn about Tinie’s “vintage-meets-street-cool” style.
And for the complete history of how he got to this point, MTV2’s “Sucker Free” got Tinie to discuss his rise from anonymity to becoming the grime scene’s darling to reaching UK superstar status.