TINIE Tempah is the biggest thing in the UK R’n’B scene right now.
Every song he lays down is becoming chart gold. His debut album Disc-Overy was released to critical and public acclaim, heading straight to the top of the UK Album Charts. Though its success hasn’t just been limited to the UK. Last night I was lucky enough to catch the Newcastle show of his current UK arena tour.
Tinie entered the stage, the same way he entered the UK charts, with a massive explosion. Being fired up from below the stage, he flew straight into the first track and sent the crowd wild. As usual he performed in his trademark black glasses, and used every inch of the stage to play up to the sellout crowd. I was surprised at first by the inclusion of a full rock band, to back the main man. But the decision was proved to be a perfect one, within the first couple of songs.
The new live sound gave a different feeling to tracks such as Frisky and Wonderman – boy did they go down well.
Tinie’s stage presence is second to none, he is a supremely confident performer who feeds on the energy from the crowd, he doubled it onstage before exploding, sending shockwaves throughout the euphoric masses. The electricity which coursed through the crowd during his standout track, Written In The Stars, was one of the best moments of the night. The pulsating dropkick broken beat let the crowd know it was coming before the vocals began. This was followed by a full-on rap choir, fronted by the Tinie himself who strutted around the stage he now owned.
Part of the reason why Tinie’s songs are so popular are the collaborations which have been made on various songs. Kelly Rowland, Ellie Goulding, Swedish House Mafia and Eric Turner all featured on his debut album. Resulting in a much larger public reach, and a much more commercial album, than what he would have received if he’d set out to produce a pure rap album.
The album has thus far earned Tinie two Brit Awards, Two UK number ones and a host of other hits and awards through the world. This is an amazing feat for a first time album from a relative unknown. I am in no doubt that this is only the beginning for what is a very talented young man. This is his first Arena tour, but it definitely won’t be his last if he can keep up this sort of performance.