“Everyone knows the American dream,” he informs me from behind his Saint Laurent shades in his resonant south London baritone. “I want to be the British dream. I’m as much British as anyone else, but I don’t have any barriers on myself. You can’t hide the fact that I have the most number ones in this decade. I was born in London, I bring money into this economy, I pay tax, I’ve gone to Downing Street, I’ve gone to Buckingham Palace. I was playing football with Prince Harry the other day…” The man born Mr Patrick Okogwu clinks his mango juice to my Diet Coke.”
Young, black and confident are a few words to describe Tinie Tempah. Britain’s most successful rapper, who is popular for his street style-meets-high end sense of style, is the latest fashionable celebrity to pose for international publication MR. PORTER. Styled by Way Perry and shot by Nacho Alegre in an array of looks from Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Officine Generale, Tempah’s mission is to inspire us all for a resort type of Summer.
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Gucci Appliqued Printed Tech Jersey Zip-Up Sweatshirt, Printed Cotton Jersey Shorts; Alexander McQueen Snake Effect Leather Sneakers
Gucci Reversible Granddad Collar Printed Shirt, Clove Floral Printed Short, 3cm Black Leather Belt
Officine Generale Vincent Slim Fit Cotton Seersucker Shirt
Image Source: MR. PORTER