Wonderman

Album: Disc-Overy (2010)
Charted: 12
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Songfacts®:

  • Ellie Goulding provides guest vocals on this track, which lays Tempah's rap over a dreamy electro pop beat. She told the BBC program Newsbeat: "He's one of these people I believe in, and not just because of his music, but because he's a lovely person. [The track is] about not having all that much when you're little and then working very hard and then having a lot more than you used to have and being very grateful. So I can relate to it - it's really cool."
  • Tempah told The Sun how he hooked up with the electro-pop singer: "We met properly earlier this year at the Dingwalls venue in Camden, north London, when we were on the same bill and just hit it off.
    She's just a really cool chick. She's come to watch a few of my shows and vice versa. We continued to stay in touch. The media kept saying. 'When are you guys going to work together?' So I was like 'You know what? Let's do it for the album.'"
  • Tempah told the story behind this song in an interview with Artist Direct: "You know how they say every superhero needs his or her theme tune? It's not even just superheroes. Everybody has their theme song. You must have your particular theme song that gets you upbeat about life when you're about to go out clubbing or when you're about to go on a date. You play this song because it gives you your mojo. 'Wonderman' is that for me. I thought it'd be cool if I created my own theme tune. Basically, it's about the trials and tribulations I had to face and overcoming them. It's almost like a superhero story but in the context of an artist. They always have very humble beginnings and then something extraordinary happens. That's how I feel my life has taken course. 'Wonderman' is exactly that for me.

    Ellie Goulding is featured on the song. When she comes in on the chorus, she's kind of saying, "This is your fate. Are you ready to accept it? The spotlight is on you. Are you ready to take the blue pill, as it were, and go for it?"

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