As well as founding the Star in the Hood clothing line, he merged his entertainment company Takeover Entertainment with Jay-Z’s Rock Nation to create Takeover Roc Nation.
I even put plastic bags on my trainers so they don’t get muddy!
Stryder began a partnership with English record producer and songwriter Fraser T Smith.
According to Smith in an interview with Hit Quarters, "Kwasi had no shortage of beats and cool sounding production, but I think he wanted to try and break through into the mainstream, and I had some experience crossing underground over into mainstream having worked with artists like Craig David." His third single, a collaboration with the English hip-hop band N-Dubz entitled "Number 1," peaked at number 6 on the European Hot 100 Singles.
Chatting to Daily Star Online about the new music, the star explained: "With my first three albums you get to know me, but with this one I feel it is more open as me and my fans already know what I'm about."When you meet someone for the fourth time you can be more honest with them, where as the first time you are almost guarded a bit." Speaking candidly about how the tracks serve almost like chapters in a diary, Tinchy continued: "Music is a good way to let out frustrations and aggressions you have as if you go out punching walls or doing something crazy then it's not going to help you."For me, music is a way out for me, almost like a release."I go to the studio almost every day so a lot of the music I record people don't get to hear – but it helps me."Sometimes when I listen back I don't know why I said what I did, but that is because it was how I was feeling in that moment.
"So if I fell out with a girlfriend or something, I would go into the studio and do a song about the whole conversation exactly what has been said, just like a diary."However, Tinchy admits just because he has recorded a solid track, it may not ever be released as he is aware of the drama being too open can cause."If you talk about your experiences there is always something else involved," he continued."I may want to speak about something but the other person may not want that.
In 2002, the grime group Roll Deep was founded by Wiley, and included Stryder and Dizzee Rascal. While performing with Roll Deep, Stryder performed some songs including, "U Were Always" in 2002, which was released years later on Roll Deep's compilations album, Street Anthems in 2009. The debut album by Stryder, Star in the Hood, was released on 13 August 2007 on Takeover.
They were making music that was a derivative of garage. He also performed on Roll Deep's 2004 mixtape, Creeper Vol. In 2003, Stryder featured as a cameo in the music video of Dizzee Rascal's third single from his debut album Boy in da Corner, "Jus' a Rascal", and would feature on the Ruff Sqwad albums Guns and Roses Volume. The album spawned two main singles, "Breakaway", which was released on 9 April 2007 and "Something About Your Smile", was released on 6 August 2007.A cause close to my heart."Get Chuckle Vision back on TV: An online petition we can all get behind The rapper first hinted at a collaboration with the Chuckle Brothers in September by revealing Instagram videos shot during recording sessions.Tinchy Stryder is a Ghanaian-English grime vocalist and an industrialist, famously dubbed as ‘The Star in the Hood’.Before adding: "The bottom line is that people always want more and if they see a guy with a flash car etc.they want to do what he did to get it."With me, Wiley was my role model but for others they may look up to other people who aren't getting money from MCing and they fall into something negative." Unlike many artists, Tinchy is adamant he will never sellout in a bid to bring in the money or top the charts.Please select your role in relation to this artist, add a few words of explanation to help us verify your request, and then click the 'Submit' button.