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Tinie Tempah – A Self-Made UK Rapper – Live in Doha

Summer concerts have already started in Doha, with Tinie Tempah being one of the first artists performing this season. Tempah, who’s number one hit, Written In The Stars, dominated charts in 2010, is more than just a singer with a hit single every now and then.

The English artist was born Patrik Chukwuem Okogwu Jr. in London, to parents originally from Nigeria, and attended St. Paul’s Academy.

The rapper has made it big within a few years of activity. With singles remaining in top charts for weeks, tours alongside big names such as Rihanna and Usher, and having his music featured on some of the world’s biggest sports events, Tinie Tempah is as genuine and self-made as can be.

It started with the recognition of his 2006 underground single, Wifey, which kept the top spot on the English Channel U’s Urban Chart for 10 weeks. And then went on to beat Beyonce and Lady Gaga with Pass Out, from his 2010 album Disc-Overy, which went straight to number one on the UK charts. Following the success of Pass Out and Frisky, Tempah’s 3rd release from Disc-Overy, Written In The Stars, became a worldwide sensation. The super hit was chosen as the theme song for WrestleMania XXII and Sky Sport’s coverage of the English Premier League. It was also used by the New York Giants as their entrance song to Super Bowl XLVI, and at the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games in 2012.

Most of Tinie Tempah’s music has been managed by his own record label, Disturbing London, which he set up with his cousin, and started taking in upcoming UK hip-hop artists. Initially starting off as an outlet for Tempah’s music, together with his manager and cousin Dumi Oburota, they founded the independent label Disturbing London, which grew to manage artists like Jessie, A2, All About She, Sasha Keable, Wizkid and Sonny Reeves. Obrouta has described Disturbing London as the start of the UK equivalent of US record labels Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella.

Tinie Tempah is scheduled to perform at Beachside at the InterContinental, Doha, this Thursday (May, 26).

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