Sunday 22 October 2017

Tinie Tempah: Grime is the uninvited genre of modern music

By Francesca Gosling

The artist shares his appreciation for musicians who brought grime into the mainstream.

Rapper Tinie Tempah has said grime music was the “uninvited genre” as he lauded British stars for launching it into the mainstream.

He named Skepta and Stormzy among a generation of musicians who have boosted the popularity of the genre by recording and sharing their material.

The south London star, 28, told the BBC: “(Grime) was almost like the uninvited genre.

“I think that’s basically changed now. We get to be ourselves and make hits, just like everybody else.”

Praising the “self-reliance” of other big names in the genre, he said: “Against all the odds, they’re setting up their own infrastructure, putting out records, creating their own hype and achieving things that, five years ago, you could only have achieved on a major label.”

His comments came ahead of the release of his third album, Youth, this Friday.

Speaking about the career explosion that has seen him collaborate on five chart-topping tracks since his number one hit Pass Out in 2010, he said his latest work required a journey back to his roots.

He told how he refuelled his creativity by reconnecting with childhood friends – but stopped short of moving back in with his mother.

“It would just be too annoying,” he said.

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