Tinie Tempah Is ‘Humbled’ In America

The rapper says he’ll do whatever it takes to win over new US fans…

Tinie Tempah has revealed he has played ‘humbling’ gigs to just a handful of people as he attempts to crack the tough US market.

“The American promo has been intense, because it’s so huge,” the Pass Out hitmaker told the Daily Star. “I’ve had to perform at places where just 10 and 15 people turned up, which was a very humbling experience.” 

But he added that he was happy to keep plugging away for as long as it took. “Those are the kind of gigs you remember,” Tinie explained. 

The rapper also revealed details of his next album, which he said was about a quarter finished. “I’m going to really take my time with it and make sure it’s perfect. The first album was great and I want this to be even better,” he explained. “I’ve been in the studio with Pharrell Williams and had songs sent over by The Script as well.”

He also said Usher had been in touch and was keen to collaborate on a track. “I’ve been talking a lot to Usher. He’s a great guy and I’m pretty confident we will do something together,” the Brit said, adding that the OMG star had given him some advice on how to stay grounded. “He told me to remember that family is very, very important. They help you recharge.”

As previously reported on MTV, the follow-up to Disc-Overy was due before Christmas but Tinie delayed it to concentrate on his American promo tour. His first US single, Written In The Stars, has already sold one million copies Stateside.