[AMP Exclusive] Tinie Tempah Constructs A British Invasion With McCabe At AMP Radio In The Bud Light Lime Lounge (page 3)

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McCabe: So what were some influences for you? Did you have artists in the UK or were there rappers in America?

Tinie T: I really liked [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]DMX[/lastfm] back in the day. He was one of the rappers that kind of got me into hip-hop. He had those party anthems.

McCabe: You just gotta watch out for the road he went down.

Tinie T: Exactly…We are trying to stay away from that. Staying away from prison is the kind of overall aim… that I think I’m doing now, definitely.

But other than that, I was a big fan of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Eminem[/lastfm]. Eminem is incredible. Big fan of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nas[/lastfm]. Nas is incredible with what he does.

Obviously nowadays it’s more like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay-Z [/lastfm]and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Drake[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lil Wayne[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kanye[/lastfm]. But yeah, I’ve always been a fan of listening to American rap.

But obviously for a long time, it kind of felt impossible, ’cause it felt so far away from where I was, you know? I would hear Eminem rap about Detroit and I was like, “Well, I don’t live anywhere near there. I don’t know where 8 Mile is, I don’t know how to get to 8 Mile. How am I going to get there?”

I basically heard this UK crew. They were kind of like our equivalent to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wu Tang Clan[/lastfm] and at the time called the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]So Solid Crew[/lastfm] and obviously after that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dizzee Rascal[/lastfm], who I’m sure you’re familiar with.

With influences comes the possible future collaborations. Tinie was very excited to express who he’d like to work with in the future.

Tinie T: I really want to collaborate with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Adele[/lastfm]. I think she is incredible. I really want to collaborate with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Robyn[/lastfm]. I think she is incredible. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lykke Li[/lastfm] is incredible. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kanye West[/lastfm] is a genius.

There’s so many different people. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Muse[/lastfm], I really want to work with. I think that’d be awesome. So many people. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Darwin Deez.[/lastfm] Do you know Darwin Deez?

McCabe: I don’t know Darwin Deez.

Tinie T: Darwin Deez is good. He’s from here. He’s got one song called “Radar Detector.” You should Google him when you get a minute.

He is really good at what he does. There are a few really cool new musicians at the minute and those are a few I’d love to work with.

Kanye West is a hopeful collaboration with Tinie Tempah as they’re both playing Coachella the same April 17th.

PAGE 4 Tinie explains his take on music festivals and Coachella

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