A lot of people will remember Tinie Tempah from his grime music days, but even then the south east London star wasn’t rapping about violence, gangs or life on the streets, which is why he feels that he represents the ‘well brought up’ kind of hip-hop artist.
Tinie explained that not all rappers have to come from a broken home or have had a difficult childhood in order to make it in the industry and he hopes to be proof that being raised in more fortunate circumstances can still lead to a successful career in hip-hop.
The 23-year-old told More magazine:
I’m incredibly close to my mum and dad. Even to this day I call them mummy and daddy. I was well-brought-up, my parents are still together.
When people listen to hip-hop, they think everybody’s from a broken home; that it only appeals to people from broken homes and those on drugs. But the majority probably do live with their mum and dad. They probably do go to good schools, and I just want to represent that.
It’s good to see Tinie working to try and eliminate this stereotype in society that so many rappers still come up against and he makes a fair point. However, we would love to know what ‘hip-hop’ music he is supposedly representing. Last time we checked, Tinie was making dance anthems and tracks with more of a fusion of pop, electro and drum ‘n’ bass.
And to be honest, we’d already assumed he’d had a privileged upbringing after he admitted that he’s got so many clothes that he keeps some at his Aunt’s house. Spoiled or what?