Tinie Tempah – Youth Review

This release takes Tinie Tempah back to sounding like his hugely successful debut album. The sound on this may lean towards more pop sounds, but the content helps to keep one foot in his roots.

The production is great with a lot of smooth sounds making this feel very cohesive as a full listen through. There are a lot of beats that seem simple, but are very effective as they don’t overshadow the artists at any point and help them have a little more impact. Something a bit grittier could have helped bring in more of his underground followers, but that might be a little lost for a big gain.

The lyricism is great, with Tempah showing the skills that brought him to the forefront of UK rap in the first place. He has a lot of great rhymes that punctuate his descriptive terms well and that push his story telling to the next level. However he does have moments of simply repeating the same phrase which can let a song down in places.

The features all do a great job of showing the connections Tempah has in the music world. Each contributes with a solid verse or chorus that works beautifully with the project overall, The guest selection here is so diverse that there is nothing that could be done to improve it really.

Overall, this is a release to remind the world that Tinie Tempah can still make big hits. He does that while showing he also has a softer side and staying entertaining, which is no easy feat.

Tinie Tempah – Junk Food Review

This project has a lot of good chemistry between Tempah and the other artists featured on it. While the songs may not be of the absolute highest quality, they are all entertaining.

The production is grimes with plenty of energy flowing through it to keep the music bouncing. Each of the beats is individual and gives each song more of a personality of its own. Maybe some more universally pop like tracks could help to give this project a higher profile but the intimate nature of this project helps give it more of an impact.

The lyricism is good with Tinie Tempah showing the skills that first brought him to the limelight. He uses a range of techniques to dot his raps with clever wordplay that makes this a very enjoyable listen. Some changes in flow could show more diversity but Tempah does well on this.

The features all help pull this project together. The guests all have good verses and the range of vocal depth really makes this cohesive and an impressive array of stars like this shows a lot of connections in the rap world. A few more singers could add another dimension but there is no problem with the selection here.

Overall, this project has a lot of good elements about it, if you enjoy this area of Grime. If you prefer the more mainstream vibe, then this might not hit the exact Mark.