Tinie’s er… new song


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:

Hold up.

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.

Throwback – Album Spotlight


So don’t get me wrong. I love new music. I’m always trawling the websites looking for the latest songs and whats hot etc… But I can’t lie – there’s something about the old-skool that still sends shivers down my spine. In a good way. Case in point: Puff Daddy and The Family’s 1997 album ‘No Way Out’.

Love him or hate him, its hard to argue that in the mid to late 90s, Puff Daddy (not Diddy back in those days) had the hip-hop game on lock. However, it was only after the death of Notorious B.I.G that Puffy’s solo career really took off.

I don’t care what people say; for me this album was a classic and it totally represented an era in hiphop, good or bad, that will never be forgotten. From the 70’s and 80s music samples to the endless skits about nothing to the guest spots; No Way Out had it all.

My Dad was a quite cool back in the day and he was the one that bought this album into my life. Or maybe I stole it. I don’t know and dare I say its not that important. What is important though, is the fact that to an impressionable 12 year old this album was like a movie.

I get chills when I hear the opening chime bells on ‘Victory’ and Diddy’s rhymes seemed to flow perfectly with the track and Busta Rhymes’ screaming only added to the intensity. Yeah, so Biggie stole the show and probably wrote Diddy’s lyrics but I’m gonna give props where props are due on this one. Puffy came off quite well on this track. Was never quite sold on the video but hey… Mr Combs tried:

Special mention: Been Around the World (Remix) – peep Puffy’s er… ‘moving around’ with Mase.

And those were just the singles. The album tracks, were just as killer as the chart hits, with contributions from Twista (Is this the end – one of my favourite songs on the album) and Jay-Z (Young G’s).

A lot of people were hating on Puff at the time for the amount of samples he used in his music, but for me, I think these were perfectly chosen and as a young hiphop fiend, it had me searching my parents’ record collections for the originals. Sources as diverse as David Bowie, Grandmaster Flash, Lisa Stansfield, Diana Ross, New Edition and The Police. I don’t know what that says about my parent’s record collection but that’s another story…

If anything the use of those samples enhanced my love of all things 80s. Yeah, I was probably born in the wrong era but this album gave me a chance to relive those times.

Maybe I’m looking back on this album with more than a hint of nostalgia because it played a big part in my love of music but, along with the other Bad Boy albums of the 90s, Puff Daddy and the No Way Out album will definitely go down in history as a 90s hip-hop hallmark album.

If you come across a copy on itunes or at HMV, I would strongly urge you to take that, take that. Legally of course.