When it comes to music I'm not fussy. No matter what the genre is, if I like it, I like it. However, it is quite strange listening to a genre of music that you're not familiar with.
I've been a fan of Tinie Tempah since he released Pass Out in 2009, and I've been following his work ever since. With countless number ones, Tinie's talent can't be denied, and when I heard that Tinie was releasing the Junk Food mixtape I was really excited. This mixtape is something Tinie has done without a label helping him, and so there was a high level of anticipation created around it.
We first heard We Don't Play No Games and Autogas before the mixtape came out, and it honestly was not what I expected. When I think of Tinie I think of his hit songs such as, Pass Out and Not Letting Go, however these two songs were the complete opposite. We Don't Play No Games features Sneakbo and Mostack, artists that I don't usually listen to. Therefore, I was quite out of my comfort zone when first listening to it, as it wasn't the type of music I would typically sit and listen to. However, I don't think you can make a decision about a song until you've given it a fair chance and have listened to it at least five times. So, I sat and listened to the song at least another three or four times in a row, and by the fourth time I actually really liked it. This made me realise that stepping out of your comfort zone in terms of music can really benefit you, and allow your music taste to grow as it introduces you to a whole new range of artists out there.
When Autogas (featuring Big Narstie and Mostack) dropped I was a bit apprehensive at first, but I remembered to give it a chance and listen to it multiple times. It took me a bit longer to like Autogas compared to We Don't Play No Games because I found the repetition of 'Autogas' at the start of the song quite annoying. However, I really liked the rest of the song, so of course I kept listening, and again found myself playing it any chance I could. Therefore, when the whole mixtape dropped, I was really eager to hear the rest of the songs,
My two favourites on Junk Food are, I Could Do This Every Night and 100 Friends. I Could Do This Every Night features Yungen, Bonkaz and LIV, again artists that I don't usually listen to, but they are all absolutely incredible in this song. The chorus is really catchy, and the whole song just makes you want to sing along. I find this song a bit lighter compared to others on the mixtape, which is something that I really like because it means there is a variety, and no two songs sound the same. Furthermore, 100 Friends only features one artist, J Hus. I hadn't heard of J Hus before, but after listening to this song I actually really like him, This song keeps the listener interested throughout the entire song, as the tone of it changes throughout, something that I think makes a really good song.
Overall, I think Tinie has done incredibly well on making Junk Food, especially without the help of a label, and he deserves a lot of recognition for it.
I would strongly advise anyone who reads this to listen to it.
Listen to We Don't Play No Games here: