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Tinie Tempah – Demonstration

Tinie Tempah – 'Demonstration' album review

Big-name guests and decent production can't save Tinie's second album from his own shortcomings

Chart-topping grime artist Tinie Tempah is one of the hottest acts around at the moment, and that’s down to two things. One: the 24-year-old is the best-dressed rapper to come out of Plumstead, and two: he knows how to choose his friends.

His Number One debut album ‘Disc-Overy’ was littered with big-name cameos, and the follow-up is no different. Huge guests including Dizzee Rascal, 2 Chainz, Emeli Sandé, Paloma Faith and Laura Mvula appear, which makes for a varied listen chorus-wise. Sadly, none of the album’s highlights can be pegged to Tinie.

‘Demonstration’ ranges from Daft Punk-esque party synths (on Labrinth collaboration ‘Lover Not a Fighter’) to filthy grime with enough reverb to rumble your innards (as on the Balistiq-produced ‘Don’t Sell Out’). That’d be great on its own, but Tinie's own contributions make 'Demonstration' less than stellar.

Sure, Tinie knows how to pen amusing couplets: ‘I used to sit on the settee, eating a tin of spaghetti’ on ‘Lover…’ is a prime example of this. However, the young MC’s rhyming style is thoroughly unadventurous, which is why he needs production wunderkinds to endear you to his monotonous flow for more than a few tracks at a time.

Lucky for him, the south London lad has enough people duped to keep him on top. It just goes to show what you can wangle with a nice shirt and a little help from your friends. Buy this album here

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