Rap-Up TV: Tinie Tempah Talks U.S. Debut, Kanye West, and Rihanna

London export Tinie Tempah has taken the U.K. by storm and now he’s set his sights on the U.S. Rap-Up TV caught up with the much-buzzed-about rapper during his first trip to Los Angeles.

The 22-year-old, who just won two awards at the BRIT Awards 2011, filled us in on his U.S. debut Disc-Overy, collaborating with Kelly Rowland on the empowering anthem “Invincible,” his respect for Kanye West (“He’s definitely transcended the stereotypes of rap”), approval of Nicki Minaj’s British accent, and partying with Rihanna on the road. “I know she likes to party, but she really remained civil and demure,” said Tinie of his tourmate.

Get familiar with the rising star and watch the video for “Written in the Stars,” the first single from Disc-Overy, landing in stores May 3.

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  1. blackguyfromNY

    i hope he gets big, he has some sick music….


  2. chet

    just listened to his stuff. he’s alright.. i guess. he seems very contrived to me.


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  4. Cjer

    Alright?!! @chet, ur either Deaf or a Hater (I’d say deaf) Bt anyway, for all those he don’t Know, Tinie’s one of the biggest artists to come out of the UK; Period.

    This is how we do it in the UK


  5. emil

    @Cjer, so because he thinks he’s alright that makes him a hater. lol.


  6. ashling

    <3 Tinie….Pass Out is such a tune.


  7. Eric

    Hope he smashes in the US, his album is one of my favorites from 2010


  8. fREID

    “alright” means you’re a hater now huh. Jesus Christ


  9. whatsApp

    overrated, average at best! Nothing different to all the other millions of british black rappers out right now.


  10. BlondeShell Minaj

    i just saw his video this morning on MTV am. it was really good


  11. asunkee

    He may not be anywhere near as good a rapper as other in the UK (like Devlin, Wretch 32, etc.) but I HIM. I love how he comes off as laid back, humble and appreciative. I’ll take him over Taio Cruz and Jay Sean.


  12. asunkee

    **I like HIM


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