To say that British rapper Tinie Tempah’s new EP, Happy Birthday, gets off to an odd start would be underselling the seemingly random/strange intro track. For whatever reason, the otherwise poppy, palatable release kicks off with a screwed (read: slowed-down) version of “Happy Birthday” before bursting into hyphy-leaning banger “Mayday.” The rest of the tracks maintain that bump-friendly attitude as rappers like J. Cole, Pusha T, Big Sean, Soulja Boy, and Jim Jones stop by for guest verses. It’ll be interesting to see if this release can raise Tempah’s stock among hip-hop heads, though who knows if that’s even who he’s aiming for here. You can download the EP at DJ Booth.
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