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Kwasi Danquah (born 10 June 1987), better known by his stage name Tinchy Stryder, is a British pop rap vocalist. Stryder is from Bow, East London and attended St Bonaventure's Catholic Comprehensive School in Forest Gate, Newham; he later enrolled as a student at the local university, the University of East London, where he completed his BA degree in moving image and animation in 2009. He rose to popularity with the song "Take Me Back", (a collaboration with Taio Cruz) which peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart in January 2009. He then released the aptly named song "Number 1", (a collaboration with N-Dubz) which entered the UK chart at #1 on 26 April 2009.
Stryder started at the age of 14 on pirate radio sets in East London with other well known grime MCs such as Wiley and Dizzee Rascal. His stage name derives from the video game Strider which he played when he was young, and "Tinchy" derives from a nickname given to him due to his short stature, his height at five foot one inch making him the shortest male artist ever to top the UK top 40.Tinchy made a number of appearances on Tim Westwood's 1Xtra radio show taking part in freestyles, sometimes joined by his crew Ruff Sqwad. Tinchy Stryder was part of a spectacular line up at The O2 arena 3D ELEKTRO RAVE alongside Caspa and Rusko, Frankmusik, High Contrast and Dancing Robot Music
2006-2008: Star in the Hood
The debut album by Tinchy Stryder, Star in the Hood, was released on 13 August 2007 on Takeover Entertainment. The album spawned two main singles, "Breakaway" and "Something about your Smile". Bonus track "Mainstream Money" was also released as an underground single.
Since 2006, Stryder's career has been managed by Takeover Entertainment, comprising Archie Lamb and Jack Foster. Archie Lamb's father is Liberal Democrat MP, Norman Lamb, who has invested in Stryder's career.
2008-2009: Catch 22
On 11 September 2008, it was revealed that Stryder would be featured on Craig David's new single "Where's Your Love" and released on 10 November 2008. He also appears on the track "Princes" from the album Saint Dymphna by Gang Gang Dance. His next single, called "Stryderman" was released and became his first single to chart in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 73. The song was the first single taken from his second studio album Catch 22. The second single, "Take Me Back", featuring Taio Cruz, (released on 19 January 2009) was a popular hit following numerous plays on Radio 1, Kiss FM and many other TV and radio stations. On 18 January, the song entered the official UK Singles Chart at 39 on downloads alone,one day before its official release. The following week the single moved up 36 places to number 3. he had then topped the charts for one week, then dropping a few places the next week.
On 26 April 2009, Stryder's next single, a collaboration with N-Dubz (whom he had toured with on their recent Uncle B tour), titled "Number 1" topped the UK Singles Chart giving Stryder and N-Dubz their first number one single.In an interview with Tim Westwood, Tinchy stated that due to the success of "Number 1" not going away yet, he had to push the album and a few things back to August 2009. Tinchy's fourth single from Catch 22, titled "Never Leave You", featuring Amelle Berrabah of the Sugababes, was released on 3 August 2009 with the album following on 17 August. who is close to his heart. "Never Leave You" went straight to Number 1 on the week of its release. Catch 22 debuted at Number 2 on the UK albums chart, only beaten by Calvin Harris. The fifth single from Catch 22 will be "You're Not Alone" which will be released in November 2009 and samples the Olive song of the same name. Tinchy's 6th single from the album will be 'Spotlight', which features on it vocals from Tanya Lacey.
He took part in a cover track of The Killers' "All These Things That I've Done", which was named I Got Soul, along with many other acts including Chipmunk, N-Dubz and Pixie Lott, to raise money for War Child charity, which helps young people who have been forced to fight in wars. The single was released on 19 October 2009 and peaked at number 10 in the Offical UK Charts and 19 in the Irish Singles Chart.