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Remember Tinie Tempah? The musician who was absolutely huge a few years ago, but has been a lot more quiet recently?
Well, that's because he's performed a fairly remarkable career change and is now a real estate expert.
In fact, he's such an expert that he's going to be appearing in his own property show tonight on Channel 4.
Whilst we're more likely to recognise him for singing hits such as Pass Out and Written In The Stars, he's now going to be fronting Extraordinary Extensions, which will educate viewers about - you've guessed it - unusual and brilliant extensions to houses.
Tinie came from humble beginnings in South London, but worked his way up to become one of the UK's biggest music stars.
Then, he decided to turn his talents to something else, this time starting to build up an impressive property portfolio.
Now, that expertise will be used to help UK homeowners build incredible and expansive extensions on their homes.
He explained: "I've always been really into architecture and design and have been lucky to witness and be a part of some amazing projects.
"I can't wait to see how these ambitious homeowners give their properties a 21st century shake up with the most extraordinary extensions."
Born to Nigerian parents in 1988, Tinie is actually called Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu.
He devised his stage name after looking up various different words for anger in the thesaurus, before settling on the spelling, as well as the addition of 'tinie' to make it sound a little bit less aggressive.
From there, he went on to enjoy success with number one hit Pass Out in February 2010, and he followed that up with another chart-topper, his third single Written In The Stars.
That song went on to become indelibly linked to the Sky Sports coverage of the Premier League, too.
Not a bad deal, overall.
But, now it seems he's matured with age and decided to make property - and telly - his profession.
He is married to artist Eve Da Haan, and they share two daughters together.
Speaking about fatherhood, and how it changed him, he said: "It's just really the best thing in the world and gives you a whole new outlook and perspective on life and makes me very appreciative for where I am in my life.
"It makes me reflect back on the upbringing I've had and even though my parents were absolutely the best, we just being from South London and Nigerian heritage, I grew up in a very challenged background.
"And it just makes me want to create a better environment for my child."
Now, he'll get his chance to improve the environments of others on Channel 4.
Speaking about the show, he said: "Growing up in a very working-class family, property was a way that we were able to move up the socio-economic ladder.
"I came out of a council estate environment and, at 12, my parents bought our first property in Plumstead. Fast forward a couple of years, and they've got more than a handful.
"I grew up seeing my mum do loads of extensions.
"At the start of the pandemic, the music industry got hit really, really hard."
"Obviously, there were no gigs. I was in the studio at home, scratching my head. I got this phone call, 'We're doing this property show, and we would love you to do it'. At first, I was like, 'I don't know...'
"But I'm at the age now where I want to communicate other sides of myself.
"I've been making music since I was 16-years-old.
"I've achieved a lot. But I feel like this is a new challenge. When you make records, you're very much at the mercy of people every single time.
"When I'm buying a property or I'm flipping it and trying to sell it, I'm at nobody's mercy."
Avalon Executive Producer Angela Norris added: "Tinie brings passion for property and design to all the builds, which are breath-taking in their own right. Blood, sweat, tears and big budgets have gone into them, they will inspire and shock in equal measures."
Extraordinary Extensions starts tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm.
Featured Image Credit: Channel 4
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