Tinie Tempah Biography | History

Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub

Tinie Tempah

Tinie Tempah real/full name is Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu, He was born on 7 November 1988,He is an English rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He has been signed to Parlophone Records since 2009, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. He created his own record and fashion label Disturbing London (DL Records) in 2007 along with his cousin, Dumi Oburota. Crossing Boundaries With Music Award  AFRIMMA AWARD 2016 Nominees.

After releasing a couple 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. In February 2011, he won two Brit Awards for Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Single.

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 the first single from his upcoming third album, Not Letting Go. This gave Tempah his sixth UK number one, the most by any rap artist.

Tinie Tempah

Early life

Tempah was born in London, the son of Igbo parents from Nigeria. His middle name, Chukwuemeka, means “God has done it” in the Igbo language.

Until he was 12, Tempah lived on the Aylesbury Estate in southeast London with his parents and three younger siblings: Kelly, Kelvin, and Marian. The family later moved to Plumstead, with Tempah attending 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 St. Francis Xavier Sixth Form College.At 12 years old, Tempah conceived his stage name after viewing 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 ameliorate the aggressive sound of “tempah”.

Regarding his London upbringing, Tempah states, “London is one of the
only places in the world where you can live in a council block and see a
beautiful semi-detached house across the street. Growing up around that
was inspirational, it kept me motivated.”
He has said that he has considered furthering his education, stating,
“I definitely want to be in a financial position where I can head off to
Cambridge or Oxford
or somewhere. I would study something like music management or
something extremely random like physics, which no-one would expect, as I
like challenges.”

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