Tinie Tempah... sounds like an angry dude, right? Nah – short fuse or no, it’s pretty hard to be mad at the world when you’ve got a #1 hit and opening gigs with the likes of Jay-Z and Rihanna under your belt, all at the ripe young age of 21. In any case, new single Pass Out finds the UK sensation, like many individuals of his age, less interested in throwing down than in drinking till he’s no longer cognizant. Backed by Labrinth‘s infectious Nintendo-dub boardwork, the rapper gives us the inside scoop on his “wild lifestyle,” as well as his plans to take his game to the global level. On the middle, Cali mainstay Snoop Dogg grabs the mic to spit a guest verse laced with such dope but mystifying lines as “I’m like the Beatles with needles, me and my peoples illegal, we drop fajitas for heaters, you mean fajitas to pitas?” If anyone can explain that one to me, I’ll buy them a fajita. Time for the big question: will the party-ready style that made Tinie Tempah a superstar across the pond translate to stateside success? For those who answer in the affirmative, more fresh tunes await on Disc-Overy, set to hit North American stores early next year.
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