When I found out that Tinie Tempah hit number one with ‘Pass Out’, words couldn’t express the sense of pride that I felt. The past year or so has been a pretty successful period in terms of British Urban music, with Tinchy Stryder, N-Dubz and Chipmunk all enjoying unparalleled mainstream popularity. But I couldn’t help but feel that they compromised their original sound.
I mean, I remember when Tinchy came out with this:
Call me a cynic but haven’t I heard this before? Synthesisers opening the track? Check. Jermaine Jackson/Labrinth featuring on the hook? Check. Drum ‘n’ Bass mashup at the end? Check, check and CHECK!!
I can imagine the conversation in the studio – “we need a hit. Something like Pass Out’, only different. But the same. And we can use the money we made from the first song to spend on the clothes for the next video. Sound good?”
Now I’m not hating. I mean, put this song on its own and its pretty good in its own right. I guess the problem for me is that I was wanting Tinie to come back and destroy the game. If the first song was a fluke, then the second one needed to come out of the gate swinging so there’s no doubt that this guy is here to stay.
So is this song any good. Despite my initial disappointment, I guess it is. I mean even though its essentially the same as ‘Pass Out’ the beat goes hard, the chorus is catchy and the drum and bass part at the end is serious.
Will this song be a hit? Most probably. Can he do better? Of course. Will we ever hear a better use of the name ‘Trisha’ in a song? I don’t think so. Next time though Tinie, lets switch it up a little bit. Cheers.