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Forget the lyrics to his song Written in the Stars, Tinie Tempah’s success wasn’t destiny. Patrick Okogwu reveals how he dragged himself out of his tough council estate and built a business that’s turning the music industry on its head.
Tinie Tempah stretches to pick up a mug of tea while perched on the end of his swivel chair in a recording studio in South London. It’s his second this hour – the first cup, still half full and on the side, has turned lukewarm – but he was desperate for a fresh one before our interview begins. You’d think he’d have other things on his mind: it’s August 8th and he’s on deadline to deliver his third album, Youth, to Parlophone by the 17th. No matter, he leisurely leans forward, takes a big slurp, before slouching back into his seat.