Tempa T

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Tempa T
Birth name Nicky Nyarko-Dei
Also known as Tempz
Born Forest Gate, East London England
Genres Grime
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2000–present
Associated acts Slew Dem, Boy Better Know, Newham Generals, Chronik, Chase and Status, Lethal Bizzle, Jme, Esco

Nicky Nyarko-Dei, known by his stage name Tempa T is a British Grime MC originating from East London. He is well known for his 2009 single "Next Hype" which is considered an anthem of the UK underground scene. Due to this song Tempa T is particularly known for his excitable nature, aggressive lyrics, love of word play and the use of the phrases "hype" and "par". He is featured on "Hypest Hype" by Chase & Status and has appeared in the British film Shank (2010), performing "Next Hype". Tempz is a former member of east London-based grime crew Slew Dem.[1][2][3]

Early career[edit]

His first public performance was in 2006 with Mike Crosby from Greater Manchester, SlewDem at The Chantelle Fiddy club night at 333 in Shoreditch. In 2007 he made himself known and recognised as the ‘angry Grime MC’ and ‘The hype man’, with his high energy and infectious stage presence.[4] Tempa T's musical career was documented by Neo-Publishing.Inc in 2010 in Tempa T: Reviewing the Hype so Far. In May 2014 Tempa T announced his debut album Pre the Baitness for release in July of the same year.[5]



  • It's Bait It's Bait (2015)
  • Pree the Baitness (2014)
  • All-Star Pars (2012)


List of mixtapes, with selected chart positions
Title Mixtape details Peak chart positions
All-Star Pars
  • Release: December 21, 2012
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
99 99
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

  • Spray Dem (Prod. DJJJ) (2006)
  • Next Hype (Remixes) (2009)
  • Say It Right Now (Remixes) (2012)


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Next Hype" 2009 Non-album singles

As a featured performer[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"CD is Dead"
(with JME)
2010 Blam!
"Hypest Hype"
(with Chase & Status)
70 No More Idols
"Rari WorkOut"
(Lethal Bizzle featuring JME and Tempa T)
2014 11 N/A


  1. ^ NEWS: Students protest to Tempa T. Urban Development (2010-12-11). Retrieved on 2011-04-20.
  2. ^ Grime / Dubstep: The Year in Grime / Dubstep. Pitchfork. Retrieved on 2011-04-20.
  3. ^ 2009: The year grime began to pay | Music. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2011-04-20.
  4. ^ Tempa T: "They never seen anything like that on the island." | Dummy » New Music. Dummymag.com. Retrieved on 2011-04-20.
  5. ^ "Tempa T Prepares Debut Album 'It's Bait, It's Bait' | News | Clash Magazine". May 7, 2014. Retrieved January 6, 2018. 

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