Tinie Tempah – Youth
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.