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Pass Out

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Tinie Tempah



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This is the debut single from London MC Tinie Tempah. He explained to The Sun January 29, 2010 that the song, "is about getting so out of it that you pass out." He added: "It was literally just supposed to be a 'track on the album' influenced by all the wild and exciting times I've had. But people warmed to it."
It is thought this hardcore British rap track is the first UK chart topper to use the 'c' word.
Tempah wrote this hip-hop track with producer Labyrinth, and the duo gave it an unexpected drum and bass ending. Tempah explained why to MTV News: "We tried out so many different things by going in the studio and having fun. It wasn't like we just put a drum & bass ending on it and then thought, done! We tried out so many things, guitars, reggae bass; we were having so much fun. That track at least took 24 full hours to put together. Me and Labyrinth both tired, with Red Bulls in hand, were like this track is sick. Labyrinth had two of his stylists in the studio and by the time the track was done they were singing the bass rhythm and the chorus. The drum & bass mix up was a trialled and tested method. Once we put it in there everyone went crazy in the studio and that's why we thought we would keep it there."
Tinie Tempah's real name is Patrick Chukwuem Okogwu Jr. But by the age of 13, he had invented his stage name. He explained to The Independent: "I looked up 'anger' in the thesaurus and I was starring at 'temper.' I thought, 'this is a little bit aggressive'. I didn't want to scare anyone off. So I added Tinie. By playtime, Tinie Tempah was born."
The song won the 2011 Brit Award for Best Single. Tempah was also honored for Best British Breakthrough Act at the same ceremony.
This was named Best Contemporary Song at the 2011 Ivor Novello Awards.
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