Tinie Tem­pah – Youth

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - 8/FILM - KAMERON VIRK

Tinie Tem­pah’s third al­bum Youth finds the south Lon­don rap­per with some­thing to say. Seven years af­ter he broke through with Pass Out, the UK mu­sic in­dus­try is in a very dif­fer­ent place. Tinie shows his progress by tak­ing us from the es­tate he grew up on to his plush Hack­ney town­house, keen to re­mind us of the role he’s had in mak­ing “ur­ban” sounds more palat­able to other au­di­ences. Youth con­tains the hits you’d ex­pect, notably pre­vi­ously re­leased sin­gles Girls

Like and Not Let­ting Go, but those are seated along­side the kind of pro­duc­tion that may not have made it onto his first two al­bums. It’s an eclec­tic mix of songs, likely to have skip­pable tracks for dif­fer­ent lis­ten­ers, but shows the 28-year-old as a mu­si­cian wor­thy of the credit he gets.

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