22-year-old British Star Tinie Tempah has revealed he would like to be seen as a role model.
The ‘Pass Out’ rapper wants to challenged the nation’s notion that all rappers are involved with gangs and drugs, and wants to remind us that young people can be good members of society.
He explained, “When young people get talked about, it’s always negative: it’s ASBOs (Anti-Social Behaviour Orders) or shooting people or binge drinking. I want to be someone who represents people in a positive light. That’s become my prerogative.”
The star also believes his faith keeps him on the right path, and taught him to treat people well.
He added, “I definitely believe in God. I pray as much as possible. I think it’s imperative to have faith or religion, because it’s good to have morals, to be kind to others.”
Tinie Tempah, real name Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu Jr also told The Observer magazine he gets frustrated with those who make assumptions about him based on his career.
“I get annoyed by people’s, almost, awe when they find out you aren’t what they were expecting you to be like, when they say, ‘Oh, you dress really well, you can speak well.’
“It gets on my nerves. Being a rapper is a career choice for me. I exist apart from that as a human being. I can be into foreign cinema. I can like to dress up as well.”