Pass Out (song)

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"Pass Out"
Single by Tinie Tempah featuring Labrinth
from the album Disc-Overy
Released 17 November 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Hip hop, grime, drum and bass
Length 4:28 (album version)
3:57 (radio edit)
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Labrinth, Tinie Tempah
Producer(s) Labrinth, Da Diggler
Tinie Tempah singles chronology
"Pass Out"
Labrinth singles chronology
"Pass Out"
U.S. cover
U.S. cover for "Pass Out".

"Pass Out" is the debut single by British rapper Tinie Tempah. It is the lead single from his debut album Disc-Overy and his debut single on Parlophone. The song was a digital-only release and was available to download in the United Kingdom on 17 November 2009.[1] Producer and writer Labrinth provides vocals on the song's hook, but is uncredited.[2]

It won Best British Single at the 2011 BRIT Awards[3] and Best Contemporary Song at the 2011 Ivor Novello Awards.[4] The song is featured on the Madden NFL 12 soundtrack.

A remix featuring Snoop Dogg was released in the United States on 16 November 2010 for digital download.[5] In 2011, Labrinth revealed that Tinie would be releasing "Pass Out" in the U.S., featuring a major player in the American rap game.[6] It was re-serviced to radio stations in the United States as the third single from that album by October 2011.


After signing to Parlophone, Tinie Tempah was put together with producer Labrinth and the collaboration resulted in the first two singles for the label, "Frisky" and "Pass Out".[7] Parlophone president Miles Leonard said the label was adamant that "Pass Out" would be the first single, saying: "It set new precedents for British urban music from what had been happening the year before. And it was a new sound; it sounded fresh, and like it came from the clubs. Both "Pass Out" & "Frisky" were mixed by London's up and coming mix engineer Mr Jones @ Detox Audio."[7] However, the label thought the song may have had too much of "an edge" for daytime mainstream radio to take a risk in playing it, and so planned it as a low-key "set up single" that was instead made available to specialist radio stations. The song ended up getting such an enthusiastic reaction from specialist radio audiences that it was crossed over onto daytime mainstream rotation.[7]

Tempah explained to The Sun that the song “is about getting so out of it that you pass out".[8] The song also mentions Heidi Montag and Audrina Patridge of The Hills, fame and action star Jean-Claude Van Damme and Prince Charles. BBC Radio 1 coverage includes plays from Zane Lowe, Jo Whiley, MistaJam - who gave the song its first radio play on 12 December 2009,[9] Ras Kwame, Tim Westwood - who gave the record its premiere on BBC Radio 1Xtra on 7 December 2009,[10] Trevor Nelson, Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw. "Pass Out" received early playlist support from BBC Radio 1Xtra and Kiss along with strong spot plays on BBC Radio 1, including a "Record Of The Week" with Nick Grimshaw. The song is also available as a free download on the game Tap Tap Revenge 3. "Pass Out" features in the UK commercial for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. It was also briefly featured in a scene in the 2011 remake of the film Arthur. American alternative hip hop group Chiddy Bang have also issued a remix of the song.[11] McFly also did a cover of "Pass Out" at Towneley Festival 2011.

Chart performance[edit]

"Pass Out" entered at number one on the UK Singles Chart and UK R&B Chart, selling just over 92,000 copies. The single held on to the top spot for two consecutive weeks before falling to number two in favour of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's single "Telephone". The single spent a total of seven weeks within the top ten before falling to number thirteen. As of 13 June 2010, the single had spent a total of 15 weeks within the top forty of the UK Singles Chart. Then the song re-entered the Top forty at number thirty at the start of 2011, showing the song's popularity, 44 weeks after release. It then re-entered again at number 32 a few weeks later, due to his performance at the BRIT awards. It spent a total of 65 weeks on the UK Singles Chart, making it the joint twelfth longest runner of all time.

In the Republic of Ireland, "Pass Out" debuted number thirteen on the Irish Singles Chart. In its fourth week on the chart, the single climbed to its peak position of number six, where it remained for two consecutive weeks. The single spent a total of four weeks in the top 10 and, as of 3 June 2010, a total of thirty weeks within the top fifty. In New Zealand, "Pass Out" debuted in the New Zealand Singles Chart on 10 May 2010 at number 40. The following week, it climbed seven places to number 33, where it remained for two consecutive weeks.

Music video[edit]

The music video is focused around Tinie rapping and Labrinth, who sings the chorus, coming into the shot. Other British rappers, including JME from Boy Better Know and G Frsh, also make cameo appearances. The video on Parlophone's official YouTube channel has had over 55 million views since its upload on 23 December 2009.[12] Tim Bown, the director of the video, said in the behind-the-scenes video that they were trying to create graphical elements, including laser-cut props.[13]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download - EP[14]
  1. "Pass Out" (Album Version) – 4:27
  2. "Pass Out" (Clean Radio Edit) – 3:56
  3. "Pass Out" (DC Breaks Remix) – 4:31
  4. "Pass Out" (Instrumental) – 4:27
  5. "Pass Out" (Video) – 3:56
  • Record Store Day 7" vinyl
  1. "Pass Out" (Album Version) – 4:27
  2. "Pass Out" (SBTRKT Remix) – 4:46
  • Promotional CD single
  1. "Pass Out" (Clean Radio Edit) - 3:56
  2. "Pass Out" (Album Version) – 4:27
  3. "Pass Out" (Instrumental Version) – 4:27
  4. "Pass Out" (Original Radio Edit) – 3:33


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[15] 70
European Hot 100 Singles[16] 7
Germany (German Black Chart)[17] 6
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 33
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[20] 1
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[21] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
European Hot 100 Singles[23] 70
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[24] 10

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"In My Head" by Jason Derulo
UK Singles Chart number-one single
7 March 2010 – 20 March 2010
Succeeded by
"Telephone" by Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fraser McAlpine (2010-02-26). "Chart Blog: Tinie Tempah - 'Pass Out'". BBC. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  2. ^ Jones, Jacques (2010-01-25). "Tinie Tempah – Pass Out, Hood Economics, and Mr Hudson". Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  3. ^ Published Tuesday, Feb 15 2011, 22:13 GMT (2011-02-15). "Tinie Tempah, Arcade Fire score Brits doubles - Music News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  4. ^ "The Nominations for the 2011 the Ivor Novello Awards". 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  5. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  6. ^ "Tinie Tempah Creates US Version of Pass Out". 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  7. ^ a b c "Interview with Miles Leonard". HitQuarters. 7 Feb 2011. Retrieved 16 Feb 2011. 
  8. ^ "Pass Out Songfacts". 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  9. ^ "Radio 1 Programmes - MistaJam, 12/12/2009". BBC. 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  10. ^ "Radio 1Xtra Programmes - Westwood, He's old, he's wrinkly, he's's Tim Westwood". BBC. 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  11. ^ "Chiddy bang version". YouTube. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Tinie Tempah - Pass Out". YouTube. 2009-12-23. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  13. ^ "Tinie Tempah - Pass Out (Behind The Scenes) (HD)". YouTube. 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - Pass Out - EP by Tinie Tempah". 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  15. ^ " – Tinie Tempah – Pass Out". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  16. ^ March 2010
  17. ^ ":: MTV | Deutsche Black Charts KW 2 | charts". 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  18. ^ "Chart Track: Week 13, 2010". Irish Singles Chart.
  19. ^ " – Tinie Tempah – Pass Out". Top 40 Singles.
  20. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-03-13". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  21. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-03-13" UK R&B Chart.
  22. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-03-13" UK Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "European Hot 100". 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  24. ^ "2010 Year-end UK Singles". BBC (BBC Online). 2010-12-26. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 

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