Video: Tinie Tempah Talks Usher Collaboration, Pursuing Adele
Last Friday (Aug. 5) in the Billboard backstage lounge at Lollapalooza, we caught up with one of hip-hop's newest amd cheekiest stars, Tinie Tempah. The U.K. artist filled us in on his plans to work with Usher and Adele, the correct pronunciation of his name, and more. Watch our video interview below.
As he preps his second album, Tinie Tempah is targeting a laundry list of big-name artists for collaborations, including Chris Brown and Pharrell. The artist at the top of his wishlist? Adele. "I don't know what I have to do but she [Adele] will be mine!" he joked.
The rapper has already been in the studio with Pharrell, as well as communicating with Usher about guesting on his album. "I've definitely been talking to Usher about getting in the studio with him."
Tempah's current album, "Disc-Overy," has gained him a global fanbase, due in large part to the hit single "Written in the Stars." But Tempah realizes that he hasn't completely "made it" until everyone knows how to pronounce his name.
"I've heard Teeny Tempah, I've heard Teeny Tempae," he said. "For the record, on Billboard, my name is, in fact, Tinie Tempah!"
Reporting by Lisa Binkert, Chicago. Additional reporting by Jillian Mapes.