UK TV: RAPPER TINIE TEMPAH APPEARS ON TONIGHT WITH JONATHAN ROSS / JAY-Z CLONE

Last Friday I tuned in to Tonight With Jonathan Ross and watched rapper Tinie Tempah perform with the Gorillaz.

What I witnessed stunned me!

Tinie had turned in to Jay-Z and stole Jay’s stage persona for the evening.

It was actually embarrassing to watch. At one point I kept thinking is Tinie joking? Is he doing this deliberately?

I understand that a lot of UK rappers look up to Jay and cite him as being a major influence, but this was just ridiculous.

[WATCH FROM MARK 3.53]

A word of advice Tinie, if you are going to blatantly mimic another artist then do it in the privacy of your own home (in front of your bedroom mirror) not on national TV.

Whatever happened to being original and developing your own stage persona?

11 replies »

  1. Watched with no sound, can see the same mannerisms definitley. But what do you expect Jan, UK ‘urban’ artists talent is based on what they watch on MTV Base!!

  2. I like it! I have seen him perform and I think he has great stage presence! He aint as wild as Ty (lol…..rapping whilst lying down on the floor!!! lol)….but he does have a good vibe on stage!….at least he aint doing that electric shock type dance that all these ‘so called grime artists’ do, lol.

  3. he is not that bad,but someone who has blatantly copied Jay Z stage swag is lil Chipmunk but he is young maybe he will grow out of it.

  4. It’s just standard behaviour when you’re rapping. Try holding a mic and reciting a verse and see what happens to your free arm. Looks silly if you just hang it by your side.
    Now if Tinie had tried to rap in a US accent like so many UK emcees did back in the day, that would have been ridiculous.
    It’s great that Acts from the UK finally have their own identity and I think he did fine.

  5. I really am not seeing any similarities. Maybe you don’t know much about Jay-Z but the whole Leather Jacket and shades look, is relatively new for him considering how long he’s existed in rap, and he didn’t invent that look. Rappers were doing it before him. Tinie Tempah’s just wearing what he looks good in. Not like he’s rapping in an American accent, and I’m assuming the lyrics are his own as they said “started off in 007″… really not seeing your point.

  6. I probably know more about Hip Hop than you do and have probably been on this earth way longer. And its not just about what Tinie is wearing he is also mimicking Jay’s mannerisms etc.

    As for not seeing the point, you must be blinder than a blasted bat.

    Good day!

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