Tinchy Stryder

April 10th, 2007

Tinchy Stryder

He’s one of the most exciting artists in the Grime scene right now, so we caught up with him to find out a little about his past and what we can expect from his debut LP ‘Star In The Hood’.

Tell the people who you are and why you record with that name?

What’s going on? I’m Tinchy Stryder. I basically got my name Tinchy because I have always been small in height compared to the rest of my friends, get me? And the Stryder just came along with it really…

Do you think being a short ass is why you’ve ended up rapping loud?

Not at all man. I began rapping because I just used to find it exciting.

What else has led you to rap?

Musically, I am influenced by a lot of things but one of my main inspirations rapping wise has to be Jay Z man.

How long have you been rhyming and what are your key tunes?

I have been spitting for a little while now. Not sure how long – probably since about 2000. Dem days putting material out wasn’t really my focus. It was just getting heard on pirates… But yeah, recently I’ve put out 2 mix CDs, ‘I’m Back You Know’ and ‘Lost And Found’. My crew Ruff Sqwad also released two mix CDs, ‘Gunz N Roses’ Vol.1 and 2.

Out of all your material, what one track sums you up best?

‘24 Hours To Live’ because it was the first real solo song that I put out with a different sort of concept.

What material have you been working on?

I’ve been working on my album ‘Star In The Hood’ and that should be dropping around June or July.

How does the new single and album compare to older stuff?

The album is going to be the strongest material I’ve ever put out.

Tell us about that new single. It’s quite a reflective tune…

Tinchy Stryder

Yeah, the new single ‘Breakaway’ is out now. With this song I wasn’t trying to come across in any way. As soon as I heard the beat, I just wrote down what came in my head and I had the song ‘Breakaway’.

How did you approach making the album compared to mix CDs?

With mix CD’s, I feel as if there’s more freedom, so basically I just record tunes. It could be over anyone’s beat with mix CD’s. You could even do short freestyles on mix CDs. When it comes to recording an album, I focused more on concepts. The right mixture of tunes and all them little things. Basically, an album takes more planning than a mix CD in my eyes.

How did you hook up with Takeover Records?

Basically, they just approached me like any other label would. We had a few meetings and I realised we were both trying to head in the same direction and also they’re an independant so that gives me a lot of control over the music I do. Plus, they like Grime so that really explains it all.

How big are your plans for the debut album?

First of all, I wanted to record a good album and I think I’ve done that, so basically everything else is a bonus. But obviously, I would like it to sell as much as it can.

Tell us about some of the guests and producers on there.

I’ve got a couple of tracks with Ruff Sqwad on there. Ny features as well. And oh yeah, I got one track with Goldie Locks which is probably the most unexpected feature… The tune wasn’t really planned. I just met her in the studio, heard one of her beats and thought ‘that’s the one’ and it went from there. Davinche’s produced a few on there. Rapid and Dirty from Ruff Sqwad and also XTC have beats on there.

What do you make of the current standard in Grime music?

Yeah man. I think the standards are high and there’s a lot of healthy competition going on. Everyone’s putting out mix CD’s and that’s a good look for the scene. Right now, Trim’s doing it man. He come hard on his mix CD.

What do you think needs to be improved in Grime?

I think if people at the top of the game came together and worked on a couple of tracks, it would help Grime develop, but I don’t think Grime’s come off track. It’s only getting bigger and better.

How often are you out performing?

Recently I’ve been performing a lot, promoting the new single and it all helps because the more shows you do, the more confidence you gain on stage. So yeah, it’s all good.

What’s the sickest clothing brand people should be wearing this spring?

Whatever you like man. Don’t get caught up in the name brand hype, but what suits your pocket.

How can heads keep up to date with you?

Check Myspace.com/TinchyStryder and you’ll find out what’s poppin’ off!

Any shout out’s you wanna make?

Yeah man. Big up Ruff Sqwad. That’s the team. East London stand up! Peace.

27 Responses to “Tinchy Stryder”

  1. DONNA Says:


  2. pimpette bitch Says:

    i fink peeps on grime shuld wear wotevea dey want init cuz it makes the fans go crazzzyh n shit

  3. Danny Says:

    big up tinchy hes one oda best in ruff squad standard mans a dn

  4. danielle Says:

    o.m.g i want his addy or number lol hes soooooooooooooooooo fit man im never gunna get it but …........ i can dream yeh ? lol bye xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  5. mimi Says:

    u doin it big keep droppin lyk its hot

  6. Mr.FAnTaTiC Says:

    I love uk rappers. i am the white rappers. Theyre fantastic and im really hungry. Fock hell


    I am the sickest MC in North wales


    Tinchy stryder I challenge you to a battle. Write back if you dare Fock MAte

  9. cheetah Says:

    I am a sick MC NORTH WALES BESt As a matter of FACT init blud HollA back

  10. shortcut Says:

    yhyh stryders doin it… check http://www.myspace.com/shortcut08

  11. clan Says:

    just wannna sayyyy big up 4 keepin true 2 ur ruffsqwad mandemm ye
    bt jst wndarin wts ur real name

  12. cheetah Says:

    yeh mate ur fresh not as much as me but fockin shit dick

  13. mc bumfluff Says:

    yo yo ma fos im mc bumfluff. i love 2 rap bwt fluff nd shit init i also big shout 2 ma dog mc smalley whoo

  14. mc japs eye Says:

    big shout out 2 cheetah ye m8 i chalenge yu u muff face bitch

  15. lik the dick mr shit Says:

    tinchy is an ugly bastur nd so iz iz mother fuck yeh britain 4 lyh all you gangstaz fink yah wel ard (owight m8) bt yur not K yeh thats wat im takin bwt ludz

  16. mc constipation Says:

    yo yo yo cheeyah yu fo sum dik face im mc constipation droppin it out like a big dog sup!! thats bangin lovin ya music cheet fuck yeh nig nop!!


    Cheetah is well better than tinchy stryder!

  18. SHYSTAY Says:

    just heard ur music…..banging out next level tunes….keep it up xxx

  19. chris hughes Says:

    htid 4 life yehh m8!! im a bangin raver

  20. old bitch Says:

    yeeeehhh ur fresh poo in shoe

  21. alex sarge Says:

    wicked tunes mate ur ace muff lick dick face yeeehhhhh!!

  22. ross mate Says:

    Keepin it massive titchy ! big up to the cheetah from North Wales
    Hes droppin the heat at the mo

  23. Lady Sovereign Says:

    Big up tinchy man, gonna be big
    nuff love and respect

  24. maz Says:

    juss wanna saii tinchy u doinn itt bigg keep it goinn luv u 2 muchh ..i wantt ya adddd =d luvin u n yah trak mainstream moneyy u doinn it big mnn 2008 bang bangg xxxx n every 1 stopp h8in! raa

  25. brighton Says:

    like the buffest thing i have ever seen!

  26. Jeremy Says:

    All of you need to learn how to spell and get your grammar to an appropriate standard. It makes me sick reading this. I hate to think what the world will be like when you’re all grown up! Maybe the language will change to the way all of you cretins are speaking. I sincerely hope not. I just want to will all of you the best in the future and hope you all die very, very soon. It’s people like you, who bring crime to our streets (especially the black people). Why don’t you all just fuck off home? Do us all a favour.

    Good day x

  27. ross monaghan Says:

    i think that alex barr is really cool