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Everything you need to know about the long awaited second album, released on 4th November 2013 by the British rapper.
The album cover depicts the rapper with his eyes disguised by a red line. The theme of accents of reds within black and white imagery extends into the music video and promotional material for the first single from the album, 'Trampoline', released in August 2013.
Tinie has said of his first single, featuring rapper 2 Chainz and produced by Diplo: "I didn't want to over-think the first single too much but I knew it had to be a transition between the first and second album. I describe it as being like a climax." Picture: instagram
The release date for 'Demonstration' has been pushed back on several occasions, with Tinie insisting he wasn't going to be rushed into finishing his creation. He revealed that he was working on the advice of Chris Martin, who advised him to continue writing tracks long after the 'completion' of the album to see if there were any surprises. "At the end of the day," he says, "it's art. Nobody ever rushes a painter, or writer. No one's rushing JK Rowling or EL James!" Picture: iTunes
Tinie's second album moves away from the party vibe of his earlier work and contains songs with important messages. in 'Children Of The Sun' Tinie sings about there being light at the end of the tunnel for a generation of young people plagued by difficulties and a bad reputation, and the importance of "staying focused, keeping ambitions and keeping dreams". The song already has a celebrity admirer in the form of Adele, who Tweeted her admiration for it shortly after it was released. Picture: Instagram
Among the more surprising elements of the rapper's second album is the news that it contains a track described by collaborator Naughty Boy as "almost like a ballad". It's called 'Lost One' and features vocals by Paloma Faith.
Having previously worked together on tracks 'Pass Out' and 'Earthquake', the rappers pair up again for two tracks on Tinie's forthcoming album.
Having already worked together (on tracks 'Hanging On' and 'Wonderman'), Ellie has revealed that she will be making an appearance on Tinie's second album also, though admitted she had yet to find out which of her work will make the final cut. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The list of collaborations continues, with other credits going to Tom Rowlands from Chemical Brothers and John Martin (from Swedish House Mafia's 'Don't You Worry Child'). Picture: Andrew Mitchell
The rapper abandoned swanky LA studios and finished his album on British soil. This was a deliberate move on Tinie's part to stay grounded: "I wanted to stop my head disappearing up my backside". Picture: iTunes
Tinie has cited numerous inspirations from which he drew creativity for his new album. Among them are 'Get Lucky' singers Daft Punk and the mentalist Derren Brown.