Tinchy Stryder & Ruff Sqwad - Mario Balotelli

Been a bit of a guilty pleasure for me over the last month! A guilty pleasure as this is a song about a footballer who plays for a team I dislike very much. I can’t hate on Mario though, he’s hilarious!

The track is rather addictive too, the opening verse and subsequent hook is the real highlight of the song. The video’s been shot well too, but a little disappointed they didn’t get Balotelli himself involved.

Apparently Tinchy and Mario have come together to create an official “Why always me?” t-shirt, so look out for those soon too.

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The 5 Defining Moments of 2011: #3


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Lupe Fiasco and Eric Turner-Stereo Sun


I haven’t listened to Lasers yet (time constraint, not a boycott!), but from the widespread fan backlash, I can probably safely say that this track should have made it. He’s been performing this live for quite some time, and it was something many looked forward to being on Lasers. I believe it somehow ended up with Tinchy Stryder, but there we are.

This track is pretty much everything the live version promised. Grand, uplifting Eric Turner hook accompanied by a thumping production that will certainly inspire and get your head nodding. Lupe’s lyrics are decent enough, as he comes through on a ‘look towards the sky’ sort of vibe which itself has slight hints of that Food and Liquor style. Certainly a track that could have penetrated the mainstream and would have definitely satisfied his die-hards. Alas, it wasn’t to be, and Lupe’s undoubtedly worse off without it.

Lupe Fiasco-Stereo Sun ft. Eric Turner

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R&B Fridays: Episode 89


Genuine reason on the delay this week: I wasn’t happy with the amount of good quality material as of yesterday afternoon, but the R&B/pop world has delivered in the last 24 hours or so to make sure that situation has improved.

Not too much to recap on from the past week, with only the three related items: UK starlet Jodie Connor released her newest single, fellow homegrown upcomer Jaya released a new video featuring two prominent MCs, and Mike Posner let loose of official visuals for his collaboration with Lil’ Wayne.

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Jodie Connor and Tinchy Stryder-Bring It

Switching to something a little more mainstream, the latest effort from rising pop starlet Jodie Connor surfaces with a Tinchy Stryder assist.

Whilst it doesn’t have too much setting it apart from the general mainstream sound (dance-driven beat, popular guest feature, catchy hook), it makes for a ready-made club anthem that capitalises on the dance-pop beat with uplifting vocals from Connor. R&B Fridays fans will really enjoy/replay this, though it’s probably not for me by way of being a little too generic.

Can’t complain too much with the visuals though, combining a night-time feel with sharp, bright lighting and giving Jodie lots of camera time. A little corny at times, specifically the ‘dancing in front of a fast-moving road’ thing, but ideal for mainstream audiences. On iTunes now if you want the audio.

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Giggs Backstage At Tinchy Stryder Launch Party

A definitely inebriated Giggs takes over Westwood TV and takes us backstage of Tinchy Stryder’s recent album launch party. A must watch as far as I’m concerned, I had no idea Giggs was so hilarious! I was on the fence about him/his music, but after seeing this I’m now a fully fledged fan.

He may have a rep for being “arrrrrd” (being incarcerated for gun possession suggests it’s not just an image) but it’s great seeing him just having fun. People he interviews in this include: Devlin, Ghetts, JME, Skepta, Griminal, Mr Hudson, Tinchy Stryder and a fair few other artists as well as some randomers.

Click on below to see parts 2 and 3 of this (towards the end of part 3 he kicks some freestyles to some American production, ironically one of them being a Young Jeezy beat!).

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R&B Fridays: Episode 79


Yes, I know it’s Sunday but better late than never eh?

I’ll not waste too much time up here, so here’s the catch-up: great video from Jamie Foxx and Drake, a great cover from Ellie Goulding, Tinchy Stryder’s latest single, the newest visuals from Dirty Money’s album, a mixtape of all-new material from Sammie,  Chrome’s debut solo single, and a big collaboration from Keri Hilson and J. Cole.

Let’s go. Click below for episode 79.

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Tinchy Stryder and Melanie Fiona-Let It Rain Video

Very similar to the Tinie Tempah video posted yesterday, Tinchy comes through with a top vocalist (certainly one of my personal favourites) on the hook for a more emotional, R&B-esque effort for his latest single.

As with the Tinie single, I don’t lay claim to knowing/owning much of Tinchy’s music, but enough to know this is probably slower than his usual dancefloor stuff. Unquestionably, the highlight of the track is the Melanie Fiona hook, which is delivered in a rousing, motivational manner that elevates this track considerably.

Fairly simple video, with no particular story and lots of dark, rainy scenes to play off the title. A mainstream track through and through, this will please the chart fans.

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Tinchy Stryder ft. Ghetts, Slix, Griminal, Fuda Guy, Wretch 32, Dot Rotten, Roachee & Maxsta-Game Over Remix

The remix to the Tinchy Stryder’s huge posse cut was premièred on radio last week, and now we have the video for it. With the likes of Ghetts, Dot Rotten and Maxta, this remix will appeal to the Grime heads a lot more than the one that featured more mainstream acts like Example and Professor Green.

With two artists I’m personally liking a lot lately, Wretch 32 and Griminal (who has recently signed a major label deal), performing on this remix, it’s one that I’m preferring to the original.

No audio for you now folks, but I’ll hook you up as soon as possible.

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Tinchy Stryder-Game Over Official Video ft. Giggs, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah, Devlin, Example & Chipmunk

Official video to one of the biggest tracks in Grime history (yeah I’m putting it out there). I do feel at times that there’s too much dissing going on in the UK scene, I appreciate the competitive side of the genre and that it was a genre born from battling, but seeing the biggest MCs collaborate like they have on this track is just superb to see.

Nothing flashy about the video, but it’s pretty good, keeps the focus on each MC which highlights each of their unique lyrical ability and flow on the mic.

Best verse for me would have to go to Devlin, there’s nobody spitting like him over on these shores. Audio can be attained from here.

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Tinchy Stryder-Game Over ft. Giggs, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah, Devlin, Example & Chipmunk


This track was premièred last week on the radio and I’ve been waiting impatiently for a good quality version. Thanks to London To MK, we finally have a CDQ of this star studded lineup.

UK stand up tall.

Tinchy Stryder – Game Over ft. Giggs, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah, Devlin, Example & Chipmunk

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Tracks Lost In The Shuffle


The ‘shuffle’ being the hectic week I’ve had.

After the jump, a couple of Kanye-related tracks, a Cam’ron tribute to a fallen soldier, Sway, Grafh and a posse cut which features 3 heavy hitting New York rappers.

Oh and a collaboration between Jadakiss and Uncle Murda. In retrospect a pretty New York influenced post here, but would you expect any less from me?

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Tinchy Stryder-Second Chance ft. Taio Cruz [Video]

Official video for what promises to be a big hit.

Audio can be found over here.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 65


19 tracks from 19 different artists this week tells you that this episode is stacked with variety. Mostly established names too (at least in the R&B Fridays series!), so this is definitely one to be getting involved with.

As per usual routine, let’s catch up with the R&B week gone by: the new Rihanna single, Ne-Yo’s latest video, hugely anticipated visuals for Bruno Mars’ debut single, the official tracklisting for Bruno’s debut album, much-delayed video from Auburn, and finally the latest collab from Taio Cruz and Tinchy Stryder.
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Tinchy Stryder/Taio Cruz – Second Chance


Is this as good as Take Me Back? Probably not. Is this going to be a smash it in the charts? You can stake your life on it. This is the second single from Tinchy’s upcoming Third Strike album, so expect a video for it shortly.

I’ve only just realised (whilst writing this post) that this track is basically a sequel to Take Me Back, seeing as the chorus reads “I can’t believe I’ve got a second chance at love“. I’ve yet to decide whether that’s a cool concept or a cringe-worthy one (leaning towards the latter). It is a pretty good song though, but I get the feeling I’ll be getting sick of this when it’s on the radio/music channels constantly. Download link below.

Tinchy Stryder – Second Chance ft. Taio Cruz

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Tinchy Stryder - Famous


He’s not wrong in fairness, Tinchy is pretty famous these days! Doing songs with Diddy pretty much confirms that. This track is set to be from his upcoming album, Third Strike, and it’s a track I’m liking! The beat on this is really where the track excels, beat selection being one thing Tinchy’s never really faltered on and certainly makes up for the times he fails to deliver from a lyrical point of view.

Tinchy Stryder – Famous

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Spotify: OTU's July Snapshot

Fans and followers, friends and foes: you heard it here first. Being the forward-thinking, innovative blog we are, Overrating The Underrated is jumping on the latest music revolution which is Spotify playlists. This will allow us to bring you monthly snapshots of all five authors’ posted material. The OTU monthly snapshots will ensure you never miss a thing and can enjoy all our picks from one central location: your Spotify application!

Unfamiliar with Spotify? It’s a free music application which allows you to stream and share music with your friends. You can listen to your playlists from any computer or phone in the world and you can also sync with Facebook to see what your friends are listening to. Keep up with the in-crowd, read about it and then get it here.

This month we’ve scoured through our back catalogue to bring you a stylish summery playlist boasting material from the likes of The-Dream, Empire Of The Sun, Tinchy Stryder, The Roots, Rick Ross, Skepta, You Me At Six and many more. So hurry up and click that glorious red text below!

Overrating The Underrated’s July Snapshot

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Tinchy Stryder - Gangsta? [Video]

Indi posted this joint early last month and here’s the visuals to accompany.

This video also includes a track titled Game Over with Tinie Tempah and I’m actually feeling both of these joints. Big, grime beats and both artists stepping their pen games up.

Wait. What?

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New Tinchy Stryder Video: In My System

It’s no secret that we’re not the biggest fans of Tinchy Stryder on this site, however there is no denying his mainstream appeal. Due for release in August, expect this new single of his to be a hit. At the moment I haven’t got a high quality version of this track, so you’ll have to make do with this one (for now).

Tinchy Stryder – In My System

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We Can Do It Too: UK Hip-Hop

I hold my hands up and admit my knowledge on UK hip-hop isn’t what it should be. What I do know however is that much of it is still embroiled in the underground movement and bar a few exceptions (Chipmunk, Tinchy Stryder, Dizzee Rascal and Wiley) much of it is actually pretty awesome and has begun to take its own direction from that of the U.S.

I’ve been LOVING this track since @RupeshB got me onto it a few months ago.

Clever video (particularly at the end with the POV scenes) and really heavy, hard-hitting lyricism and production from the one-time Terra Firma member Kyza.

Kyza – Fight Klub

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Tinchy Stryder and Tinie Tempah Remix 'Hello, Good Morning'


Diddy/Dirty Money go international for the latest remix of their hit Hello, Good Morning. I try and support UK hip-hop where I can, but it’s no secret that I just don’t like these two guys as rappers. They overshadow the real talent out there with mundane and generic pop music, that could literally be performed by anyone. Nothing unique.

However, for all my criticism, I do have a sadistic interest in seeing what they can do over this beat given that T.I., Diddy, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj have all dropped verses on it. Either they’ll step up and look alright, or be outed for being terrible. Fair play to Diddy for recruiting some UK guys though. Just pick better ones next time?

Dirty Money-Hello, Good Morning Remix ft. Tinchy Stryder and Tinie Tempah

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Something Of A Megapost


I’m on holiday for the next two weeks so you’ll have to put up with the rest of the OTU team (unlucky). However…I have found time to collect together a silly amount of tracks over the past week or so for you guys to tide you over while I’m away.

So click on for a mainstream hip-hop fix from the likes of Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, Bun-B, Young Jeezy, Nipsey Hussle, Wiley, Sean Kingston, Drake, Young Buck, Tinchy Stryder, Devlin, Giggs, Tinie Tempah, Jay-Z & Jim Jones.

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What's this....Diddy/Tinie Tempah/Tinchy Stryder??


Just been tweeted by Diddy, collabo maybe? Apologies for the very small/poor quality image btw.

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Various Collaborations, Lazily Presented


I’m feeling a bit lazy, and the football (soccer) will have started by the time I’ve published this, so here’s some stuff I’ve got from the last couple of days. 4 very diverse tracks though, grab ‘em. More coming later.

Lil’ Jon-Give It All You Got ft. Kee and Tinchy Stryder (early version here)

Murs and 9th Wonder-3:16 pt. 2 (from upcoming joint album)

Jay Rock-Say I Won’t Go ft. Tyrese

Killer Mike-Still My N**** ft. Ludacris and Game

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