Wiz Khalifa predicts success in the US for Tinie Tempah


Wiz Khalifa

US rapper Wiz Khalifa has said he has a "huge respect" for Tinie Tempah, after the pair recorded a new track together.

Pittsburgh artist Khalifa has also tipped the British star for big success in the States, saying he makes people "feel comfortable".

The duo have recorded a track called Till I'm Gone which features on the US release of Tempah's debut album.

"His flow is amazing. It's different, but not too different that people can't grasp it," said Khalifa.

"There's nothing wrong with being different but people are usually scared of the different and what they can't understand.

"Tinie has found a way to mesh everything and make everybody feel comfortable. Plus the girls love him - he's a pretty swagged-out individual."

First UK shows

Khalifa played his first UK show last weekend (15 May) at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend and is currently in the country playing a handful of shows.

It's off the back of the success of his single Black And Yellow - released earlier this year.

"I did not think it was going to be a worldwide hit," he said. "I thought it'd be a good song to just start me off. I had come from the underground thing, and the mix tape thing."

Tinie Tempah
Image caption Wiz Khalifa said he has a 'huge respect' for Tinie Tempah

The rapper, who is currently seeing Kanye West's ex-girlfriend and model Amber Rose, has said his album Rolling Papers is a "great musical experience".

"It's more than just a hip hop album, it's more than just a weed album which people might think because of the name," he said. "It's really personal.

"A lot of people try to make music which sticks out at people. I just want to make something which you can listen to loud and low as well. Good background music, as well as right in front of you.

He's also clear about his ambitions of being "huge" in the UK.

"I just want to keep building. It makes me want to do better and better.

"Five years from now I hope to be huge over here with a freaking police barricade. I want to be Michael Jackson."

Wiz Khalifa's album Rolling Papers is out now