|Birth name||Kwasi Danquah III|
|Also known as||Tinchy Stryder
Star in the Hood
14 September 1986 |
Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
|Genres||Grime, Hip hop, R&B|
|Occupations||Business manager, investor, creative director, VFX creative director, digital artist, music artist|
Takeover Roc Nation (with Jay-Z)
|Associated acts||Jay-Z, Roll Deep, N-Dubz, Dappy, Taio Cruz, Chipmunk|
Kwasi Danquah III (pron.: / / KWAY-see dang-KWAH), better known by his stage name Tinchy Stryder (born, 14 September 1986) also known as The Star in the Hood, is a Ghanaian-British musician, music executive, A&R executive, investor, and businessman. He is the co-founder and co-chief executive officer (CEO) of Takeover Roc Nation.
His non-music business ventures include the clothing line Star in the Hood, among others. He is also the president and chief executive of Takeover/Cloud 9 (music publishing company through EMI Music Publishing), and he currently serves as the Chairman and A&R executive of Takeover Entertainment Limited, and along with Jay-Z, also co-owns Takeover Roc Nation.
Early life & Education 
Danquah was resident in the United Kingdom from 1995 until 2008, in Bow, London and he attended St Bonaventure's Catholic Comprehensive School in nearby Forest Gate, Newham; he gained a B.A. (Hons) in Digital arts, Moving image and Animation at the University of East London. He began making music in 1997, and started in business almost immediately after completing his GCE advanced level and general certificate of education in 2006.
Music career 
1997–2006: Music career beginnings 
Danquah's recordings date back to 1997, he would make appearances in 2000 on pirate radio along with Dizzee Rascal and Wiley, and would be part of grime supergroup and record production team Ruff Sqwad from 2001. His pseudonym Tinchy Stryder derives from Strider and from the nickname given to him "Tinchy": his height at 5 ft 1 in (1.60 m).
In 2002, the grime group Roll Deep was formed, and included Danquah and Dizzee Rascal. They were making music that was a derivative of Garage. For a while there was not even a name for it. The name "grime" was the one that stuck. While performing with Roll Deep, he performed some songs including, "U Were Always" in 2002, which was released years later on Roll Deep's compilations album, Street Anthems in 2009. He also performed on Roll Deep's 2004 mixtape, Creeper Vol. 2.
In 2003, Danquah 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. 1 in March 2005 and Guns and Roses Volume. 2 in October 2006.
2006–2008: Star in the Hood 
The debut album by Danquah, Star in the Hood, was released on August 13, 2007 on Takeover. The album spawned two main singles, "Breakaway", which was released on April 9, 2007 and "Something About Your Smile", was released on August 6, 2007. Bonus track "Mainstream Money" was also released as an underground single in November 2007.
In 2008, Danquah released his debut extended play, Cloud 9 The EP, which was released on March 31, also on Takeover. This was succeeded by him and grime producer Maniac collaborating on the album, Tinchy Stryder vs. Maniac, which was released on November 24, 2008. Only one single was released from the album, "Rollin", which was released in October 2008. This track was also included on his 2009 second solo studio album, Catch 22, as part of the, Deluxe 2-Disc Edition, and he would collaborate with American band Gang Gang Dance on their album Saint Dymphna that was released in October 2008.
2008–2010: Catch 22 
Danquah began a partnership with English producer/songwriter Fraser T Smith. According to Smith in an interview with HitQuarters, "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."
The single "Stryderman", was released on July 20, 2008. It was the first single taken from Catch 22. The second single, "Take Me Back", was released on January 19, 2009. 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. His fourth single from Catch 22, "Never Leave You", was released on August 3, 2009 with the album following on August 17, 2009. "Never Leave You" peaked at number 5 on the European Hot 100 Singles on the week of its release. Catch 22 debuted at Number 11 on the European Top 100 Albums. The fifth and final single from Catch 22 is "You're Not Alone," which was released in November 2009 and samples the Olive song of the same name.
In February 2010, Danquah headline toured for the third time, he invited the English singer Example and rapper JME as his supporting acts. The tour was Danquah's second sell-out tour after he toured in 2009 and helped in raising the profile of Example. Danquah opened on the pyramid stage at the England Glastonbury Festival, on Saturday, June 27, 2010. He also performed at the O2 Arena in England, for the Transformation Trust's first birthday alongside The Saturdays.
2010–2011: Third Strike 
Danquah's third solo studio album, Third Strike was released on Monday, November 15, 2010 and was a successful electronic dance music album. Danquah began recording Third Strike shortly after he completed his previous album, he then released a promotional single, "Gangsta?", six month's prior to the release of the studio album. This was followed by him releasing the first official single from it, a year from the day he released his second studio album. He began working with Fraser T Smith who had also worked on his second studio album. English singer and record producer Taio Cruz produced the largely, along with Fraser T Smith. The album title was picked by the title of Street Fighter III 3rd Strike which was also a massive success. Third Strike features several artists, including English singer Amelle, with whom he collaborated on Catch 22 on the single "Never Leave You". The album features Taio Cruz who also featured on the Danquah's last album. The album also features artists affiliated with Roc Nation: Canadian singer Melanie Fiona on "Let It Rain", American singer Alexis Jordan, and American singer Bridget Kelly on "Take The World". The song "Game Over" features six different artists. Eric Turner from the Swedish rock band Street Fighting Man also features on the album.
2011–present: Full Tank 
The first single from the fourth solo studio album entitled Full Tank is "Spaceship" and it features English singer-songwriter Dappy from N-Dubz. Danquah performed at the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final in support of the single, making him the first rapper, contemporary artist and singer in history to perform at a UEFA Champions League final.
He teamed up with Scottish DJs/producers Calvin Harris and Matt Burns credited as 'BURNS', for the second single from his fourth solo studio album, "Off The Record". On Thursday, November 3, 2011 Danquah announced in an interview that his fourth album to be released will be entitled; "Full Tank". On Tuesday, January 3, 2012 Danquah released the video for the third single from the Full Tank entitled 'Bright Lights' which features English singer Pixie Lott. There is also another version of the song entitled 'Bright Lights Part II' that is featured on Pixie Lott's second studio album, Young Foolish Happy. In various media outlets in July 2012, Danquah spoke of the single 'Help Me' being released in September 2012. The video of the single was released on August 15, 2012. The single features singer-songwriter Camille Purcell. It has been described as "unmistakably Tinchy" and "among his better work".
Business career 
|Kwasi Danquah III|
|Born||September 14, 1986
Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
|Citizenship||Dual Citizen: Republic of Ghana and United Kingdom (naturalized 1996)|
|Alma mater||University of East London|
|Occupation||Investor, Business manager|
|Title||Chairman & CEO of S.I.T.H
President & CEO of Takeover/Cloud 9
Chairman of Takeover Entertainment
CEO & SEVP of Takeover Roc Nation
CEO & Creative director of Goji Electronics
In 2006 and 2008, he had created Star in the Hood, an international fashion company, then in December 2008 he founded the global publishing company, Takeover/Cloud 9. In June 2010, he aligned Takeover Entertainment Limited, with entertainment powerhouses Roc Nation LLC and Live Nation, and created Takeover Roc Nation.
In August 2011, Danquah was revealed to be in contention to buy the Scottish professional football team Rangers FC. In November 2011, he was hired by Honda's motorbike division for their pan-European campaign to push the division's Vision 50, and in December 2011, Danquah incepted Goji Electronics Incorporation, a consumer electronics company and from June 2012, audio products began to be manufactured by the company.
- Takeover Entertainment Ltd.
- Star in the Hood (company)
- Takeover/Cloud 9
- Takeover Roc Nation
In June 2010, Danquah signed a business deal with Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter to ally Danquah's company, Takeover Entertainment Limited, with Roc Nation LLC. The new leg of the company is called Takeover Roc Nation.
- Goji Electronics, Inc.
In June 2012, Danquah released a line of consumer electronics. The Goji Electronics line consists of the brand of headphones, Goji Tinchy Stryder, the Goji On Cloud 9 Audio equipment, a circumaural headphone, an on-ear headphone, an in-ear headphone, a series of HD over-ear headphones, a supra-aural headphone, travel speakers, also consumer electronics such as tablet computer, netbook and smartphone accessories. The headphones are distributed by DSG International plc. DSG International and Danquah announced the deal in June 2012. The Goji Electronics consumer electronics and audio equipment, known as Goji Tinchy Stryder and Goji On Cloud 9, were available for sale mid-July 2012 and are distributed by DSG International plc subsidiaries across Europe and Pixmania globally.
- Honda Motor Company, Ltd.
On Tuesday, November 8, 2011 Honda's motorbike division hired Danquah for their pan-European campaign. The campaign featuring Danquah is being supported by Facebook, Inc., and a tie-up with fashion brand GAS in order to push the Vision 50, Honda's 50cc entry level scooter. The Vision 50 was launched on November 8, 2011 at the EICMA (Milan Motorcycle Show) in Milan, Italy along with six other bike models.
- Glasgow Rangers F.C.
Personal life 
Danquah revealed in January 2010 that he would have become a footballer. Danquah was originally scheduled to be a professional footballer, being left-footed he played in the striker and second striker positions and was enrolled at the academy of Wimbledon F.C. from 2000 to 2003 and the youth team of Leyton Orient F.C. from 2003 to 2006.
Danquah has also said, that he is humble about everything he does, and tries to return to Ghana once in a while, and he also visits the beaches of Tahiti whenever he can, as he can be "normal" there.
Charity work 
On Thursday, November 4, 2010 Danquah attended the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in England, for Alicia Keys' charity, Keep a Child Alive charity ball and auction, along with other special guests. All proceeds from the auctions for the event was donated to Alicia Keys’ charity, Keep a Child Alive (KCA). Danquah donates income from Goji Electronics to charity.
- Cloud 9 The EP (2008)
- Star in the Hood EP Vol. 1 (2009)
- Star in the Hood EP Vol. 2 (2009)
- III EP (2010)
- The Wish List (2011)
See also 
- List of awards and nominations
- List of songs
- List of people who reached number one on the UK Singles Chart
Notes and references 
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- Smith, Caspar Llewellyn. "Tinchy Stryder to become first rapper to perform at Champions League final". Footytube (Valletta, Malta). Retrieved Thursday, 20 October 2011.
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- "Tinchy Stryder - Bright Lights ft. Pixie Lott". Vevo. YouTube. Video uploaded on Tuesday, 3 January 2012. Retrieved Friday, January 6, 2012.
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- "UK Rap Artist Tinchy Stryder Teams up with Goji to Develop New TechRange". DSG International. June 11, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- "Products". Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- "We meet the man behind the label and find out about his collaboration with Goji headphones". Retrieved August 14, 2012.
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- "Tinchy Stryder: I could have been a professional footballer". NOW (British magazine). Saturday, February 6, 2010. Retrieved Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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- "Tinchy Stryder: ‘I named myself after a Sega Megadrive game’". Daily Mirror. Monday, October 25, 2010. Retrieved Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
- "Rio Ferdinand gives Tinchy Stryder signed Manchester Utd shirt (Number Five defender meets Number One chart star)". nme.com. Sunday, August 16, 2009. Retrieved Sunday, November 13, 2011.
- "Tinchy Stryder - Tinchy Stryder 'Normal' In Ghana". Contactmusic.com. Monday, July 24, 2011. Retrieved Sunday, November 13, 2011.
- "The faces of Goji The view from the street". goji. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
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