Single Review: Tinie Tempah ft. Eric Turner – ‘Written In The Stars’

Kind readers, there seems to be a lot of this about, like it’s becoming the norm and you’re not considered a proper rapper if you don’t have one. You know what I’m talking about; it’s just too obvious in today’s mainstream pop market; Eminem has one, so does B.o.B., Kanye West had his one over ten years ago, which sort of makes him a veteran in his field considering he, like Eminem, did it without a collaboration. Elsewhere, Chipmunk and N-Dubz have one – they’re a bit naff but still – Flo Rida doesn’t have one, and until now, neither did Tinie Tempah.

All’s about to change though, as Tinie’s about to release his first “rap song that means something more than girls, clubbing or egoism”, ‘Written In The Stars’. It’s one o’ those sorts of songs y’know? The kind that are two-a-penny nowadays because collaborations are all the rage, meaning a rapper can do something fancy with some words about how people sometimes try so hard and still get nowhere, or about how everything in today’s music market has changed for the worse, and let all the hard work go to the singer, who’s the one who provides emotional depth and a third dimension to the otherwise plastic, two-dimensional conglomeration of gallant lyrical failures.

Okay, a bit harsh, as not all were “gallant lyrical failures”, but Chipmunk spent the majority of ‘Look For Me’ rapping about himself and how he’s achieved everything he’s ever dreamed of and then spent the chorus reassuring his listeners that he’s the person to look to for guidance. Next, please. In fact no, you don’t even get a “please” just GET. OUT.

Tinie Tempah’s last two offerings were sterling pop records, but thanks to his contrived voice and lyrics blunders such as “I’ve got so many clothes I keep ‘em at my Aunt’s house” and of course, the classic 2Would you risk it for a chocolate biscuit?”, they never really floated my boat. In fact, they lifted one end of my boat into the air, and sunk it. Titanic style. But now it’s Tinie’s turn to whip out the “rap song that means something more than girls, clubbing or egoism” and latch on a vague, unheard-of singer to go with his rap.

It’s not a bad attempt, it must be said, and it has a nifty little guitar lick going on near the end, which adds innovation to the mountain-sized production but it must also be said that, apart from the lyrics – which are quite good – everything about Tinie’s presence on this record is very mediocre. His rapping style is tired and yet again, his seemingly contrived voice sends no sense of conviction, unlike Eminem, who at least sometimes manages to sound emotive. He makes up for his “just about alright” rapping style with the production though, as it is without doubt monumentally large, and has the kind of pulling power a billboard-sized copy of the artwork for the Scissor Sisters’ ‘Night Work’ album would have if you were driving home from work on a heated, summer afternoon. Clenched buttocks, anyone?

On to Eric Turner; all the work is on him when it comes to the vocal department, because Tinie has already proved himself in the musical department. Eric blasts out the chorus with an anguished vocal and lifts the song up to the towering climax it’s been looking for. Even though there’s a good layer of auto-tune, his conviction to his lyrics prove more credible than most regular auto-tunees like one Cheryl Cole.

And here is this video, which sees Jesus at the piano. OH! That’s Eric? Excusez moi faux pas.

Congratulations to this week’s Random Guy Of The Week, who can be seen at 2:51.

Of course, in my opinion this is far better than ‘Pass Out’ or ‘Frisky’, which were both awfully misogynistic and egotistical non-songs, but what makes this song really great, is that it focuses on something real; something less materialistic than girls, or having a good time (take note, Roll Deep: there’s 16 of you and all you rap about is partying? Shameful.), and with a brilliant production and uplifting sense of hope, this song will be a worthy contender for #1.

Rating: 4.0 STARS

Download: September 27, 2010

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