>> Tinie Tempah: Disc-Overy (2011)

Artist: Tinie Tempah

Album: Disc-Overy

Genre: Rap/Hip Hop

Label: Capitol

Tracks: 13

Type: LP

Release Date: May 17, 2011

Discs: 1

Rating: 4.34 (out of 4.00)

Grade: A

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Producers That Worked On The Album:

All About She, Shux, Labrinth, Stargate, John Hill, Boi-1da, Ishi, Da Digglar, Swedish House Mafia, Naughty Boy.

Patrick Junior C. Okogwu aka Tinie Tempah was already a rising star before the release of his debut album Disc-Overy in his native England, which dropped across the pond in late 2010. Now that his album has reached the states, no doubt those that don’t know him quite yet will, and Tempah’s star will rise higher. With an eclectic mix of tracks Tempah runs a diverse gamut of electronic, reggae, hip hop, and R&B with guests like Wiz Khalifa, Ellie Goulding, Ester Dean, Bei Maejor, Eric Turner, and Emeli Sande. Also included on his American release are three new tracks (which unfortunately replace three previous tracks from his European debut).

Right out of the gate Tempah’s Disc-Overy has an epic sound with a big electronic, big drum beat, great flow combination all thrown into the mix of the albums intro with Tempah offering up a great lyrical introduction to who he is and what he’s about. The track blends flawlessly into the albums second track, Simply Unstoppable, which combines a fantastic element of the already present electronic sound which immerses itself seamlessly giving way to the background vocals and underlying R&B feel. Track 4 is the first track on the album that has Tempah partnered with a guest (Wiz Khalifa). It is the first watered down sounding track on the album as well. The big sound that opened the albums first three tracks is replaced with a lighter more simplistic sound that’s okay, especially when the track is really a platform for both artists to flow on, but it falters the flow of the album which bounces back somewhat after its over.

I tried to keep in mind that the album is a patchwork of tracks from several different producers and features several guests which is why the album sounds so diverse. All together there are hardly any throw away tracks aside from maybe Swedish House Mafia vs. Tinie Tempah Miami to Ibiza which lyrically and delivery-wise is nothing short of a Black Eyed Pea’s song with a bit of a techno feel to it (which pointing out my complete lack of Black Eyed Pea’s experience they could very well have a techno feel to the numerous songs not all over everything). While the album does have a bit of an unbalancing factor towards the end I have to say that Tempah’s real talent lies in his ability to flow and his ability to write lyrics that both represent the party culture as well as a more serious tone from memories to world views. In short Disc-Overy has room for improvement which means your going to get an album that’s easily epic but the piece of mind that whatever comes next for Tempah can only be far grander. As always final judgment is yours. Enjoy.





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