The raising rap sensation Tinie Tempah has answered question from students on his rise to fame when he visited the Oxford Union on Sunday. Tempah aged 21, has already had four top five chart singles and his debut album Disc-Overy went to number one earlier this year. Tempah follows a long list of prominent individuals who spoken at the Oxford Union since its establishment in 1823. Past figures to have spoken at the union include Winston Churchill and US President Ronald Reagan.
The celebrities who have spoken at the union include Stephen Fry, Dame Judi Dench, Pierce Brosnan, Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson and Courtney Love. A union spokesperson Ash Sangha explained how proud he was to have a rapper on the guest list, “Tinie’s rise to fame has been meteoric and his is a powerfully uplifting tale of ambition, of determination and of chasing your dream all the way. We cannot wait to have him speak here”. The rise to fame by Tinie Tempah has been incredible and at a great speed. Earlier this month he won two Mobo awards, one for best newcomer and the other for best video for his single Frisky. These Music of Black Origin awards came just seven months after the release of his debut single. Tinie has also sold more singles this year in the UK than any other artist.