This is the kind of fashion I grew up on - a good pair of trainers, great denim - and I will always love high-end streetwear.— Tinie Tempah
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I find my dress sense tends to be a bit of a mixture between high fashion and unique vintage pieces with a little bit of street trends. For example, I might find a really nice, suede dinner jacket that I'd wear with a basic plain white shirt and some chinos and a pair of Nike trainers.
I can wear a suit, sweatpants, a long tee shirt, and a denim jacket all at the same time.
I enjoyed my upbringing, my siblings did, we're polite, we're respectful, but at the end of the day we're young, we like to have fun. But now, more so than ever, the youth has been vilified to the point where it feels like you can't enjoy being young any more, you just have to sit it out and wait until you get old.
Hopefully, young people will see that you can be young and make the sacrifices to follow your dreams.
Grime is a particular style of music.
You've got electro, funk and garage; grime is its darker side. It's constantly evolving.
I'm so down to earth, I'm bringing gravity back.
I was 18, and I either wanted to go to university in the States, and experience it like how it is in the movies - you know, date a cheerleader, be the coolest guy on campus - or I wanted to take a year and focus on what I wanted to do. I got into all the universities I applied to, but I took a year off anyway and said, let's see what happens.
I've definitely done something that's made my mum and dad forever proud.
I pray as much as possible.
I'm really big on family. I'll love catching up with my cousins. Everyone's in their twenties, so they're all on their grind at the moment, but when we get the time, I'll fly everybody to Amsterdam or Ibiza, and we can just hang for a week, chill, do nothing.
I watched my parents go from having very basic jobs to educating themselves, to buying a house. They set a really good bar for what they wanted their kids to achieve.
You have to do a show, an interview, you've got to go straight back on the road to another location, make a track and edit things like footage etc. It's non stop. I really respect the hustle and work rate of Chipmunk, as well as N-Dubz and Tinchy Stryder.
My goal, my aim is to be a superstar, but not in a cheesy way.
I want to go to America and do what they do. But better!
Nigeria is like everywhere, really: there are some beautiful places that have been invested in and others that haven’t been.
I'm a bit of a mummy's boy.
I feel like I'm indirectly showing people, not that there's another way, but just that if you really have a dream, you should try and give it a go.
Coming from an African background, obviously the foundation of the family home is education, probably because my parents had to work a lot harder for everything that they've got in this country.
My glasses are from Cutler & Gross. They're not prescription: I just love wearing them. I used to wear Ray-Ban a lot and then I realised that a lot of the things I've started going for are a little bit more refined. I liked the fact that I was supporting a British brand, somebody I could have a relationship with and people that I could talk to.
I've seen how much effort has to go into a tour, the performance and also how to look after yourself, not just physically, but mentally too.
Playing someone drum 'n' bass for the first time in 'Pass Out' - they're like, 'Oh my God, what is this?' I'm having a lot of fun and a good time showcasing the music.
My mom used to sell fabric and lace when I was younger.
She would bring back these elaborate fabrics from Nigeria. I always enjoyed being around it. However, it wasn't until I started making music that I started taking a vested interest.
Being able to travel the world is pretty cool.
There are places that I've always wanted to go to but being able to go there as somebody who's a musician and is recognised as one is cool.
I don't think I've had to change anything, really, apart from being more serious and focussed on my drive. One thing I've realised is that you get out what you put in and because of that my work rate has increased ten fold.
I think when you come to Australia you immediately get the sense of fitness and taking care of yourself and being healthy, and it really shows.
I think it's imperative to have faith or religion, because it's good to have morals, to be kind to others.
At the end of the day, you sign a record deal and you understand where it could go if you had the right song.
At the end of the day, I'm a human being and I just think that's what it is.
Challenging stereotypes by just being who I am.
Dizzee's just my childhood hero. He's definitely the inspiration. He's got himself to a very good place. He's defied the expectations of what British black urban music was like. He was the first person who made the rest of Britain realise it wasn't just a one-album-type situation. You've got to take your hat off to somebody like that.
People discover you at festivals. They come to see Coldplay or whoever, and then wander over and catch your act. Festivals make a lot of sense to me.
If people are not listening to you as individuals, it's always good to get together and make a stand for something.
A lot of young people have all these aspirations but many of them don't believe they're possible.
Music has no race. It appeals to everybody.
When I got a little older I was obsessed Lil Wayne.
But then it was just as many British rappers - Dizzee Rascal I would always listen to.
Artists take on an alias that's suitable for their style of music.
Everyone had a nickname when they were younger.
The way everyone in London is right up against each other makes it very real to you growing up, the fact that people have different lives to you. And that causes problems; of course it does.
I'm quite a fan of British designers.
I first became interested in style when I was 16 and I had my first couple of gigs. I realised I couldn't look like the people I was performing to. Not in a condescending way, but just that it would be weird if I was wearing exactly what someone in the crowd was wearing.
I was well brought up, my parents are still together.
I lived in a council estate, but I don't anymore; I saw my parents buy a nice house and move me to a nice area.
If I go to an awards ceremony, I wear a suit, of course I do.
I am proud to be there. If there are young kids looking at pictures of me, I want them to feel that they should long for the opportunity to go somewhere really smart and wear a beautiful suit, rather than to reject that.
Gone are the days when you'd have to tune in to a mad illegal radio station late at night to be able to hear the rapper of your choice. That's all changed now. That's all gone out of the window. And I feel like I represent that change. I represent the era of iPods and Shuffle and things like that.
I didn't take it seriously myself at the time, but now all of my old teachers are supportive. Even my principal - I sold out the O2 Arena in London, and he came out to see me, which was really cool. I actually put a picture with him on my Instagram, and I think and he's wearing one of my snapbacks.
I actually remember celebrating National Poetry Day at school;
I remember having to write and read a load.
I'm actually going to the gym, working on getting not fatter, just a bit bulkier.
When you look at the Lady Gagas of the world, or the Jay-Zs, or the Black Eyed Peas, these are people who have one album release and it's a worldwide one.
I really want to work with Adele, I think she's amazing.
Lykke Li as well. I love them both. I'd also like to work with The Script. I met them in Australia and we just got on like a house on fire.
I lived in Peckham for the first 12 years of my life and then my mum and dad decided they really didn't want to bring up their children there. So they saved up money and bought a house in Plumstead, semi-detached, three bedrooms.
I'm into everything. My iPod is very eclectic - if you kept it on shuffle, you'd be amazed. For example, I was forced to grow up on Dolly Parton. My mum was obsessed by her. She bought all this memorabilia for the front room. It's ridiculous.
I watched a film called 'Elephant' recently.
Its not stylish in the sense of expensive suits and Italian cars, but the styling on every single character is spot on.
I'm merely a fan of fashion from high end to streetwear, from Nike to Comme des Garcons.