Tinie Tempah Says Kanye West’s ‘Outlandishness’ Is Inspirational

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By D.L. Chandler, with reporting by Tim Kash

While the attention on the British invasion of America — with artists like Dizzee Rascal and The Streets — has cooled a bit stateside, the genre, boasting a mélange of grime, drum & bass, hip-hop and R&B, continues to flourish and break new stars in its native United Kingdom. Buzzing Brit MC Tinie Tempah sat down with MTV News and the ambitious rapper name-checked Kanye West as an inspiration.

“It’s probably cliché, again, but I would say Kanye West,” Tinie Tempah said. “One thing that I like about Kanye is [that] he is a very honest musician. Some of the things he’s done as a musician in terms of art-wise or even outlandishness, going crazy at an award show because he feels that he deserves something. I like that.”

The South London product delved further into why he feels Kanye represents a new wave in artistic presentation.

“Nowadays, you listen to popular music and there’s no real correlation between an artist’s song and an artist’s life,” the 22-year old MC shared. “I call these songs generic pop songs. They can be sung by a black guy, a white guy, a guy from England [or] America and it will sound exactly the same and I think Kanye is not one of those artists.”

The MTV Europe Music Awards nominee has already collected a slew of accolades in 2010, including the coveted Best Newcomer award from both MOBO Awards and Urban Music Awards, respectively. The delightfully loquacious wordsmith released his debut album Disc-Overy in October of this year — a delayed release as many of the tracks were recorded in the latter part of 2009. With the LP going platinum in the UK, the MC has confirmed that he is working on a second release.

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