U.K. rapper Tinie Tempah has a busy rest of 2011 planned: In addition to continuing to perform on the festival circuit, he’s working on an EP that brings together some of his favorite American and British rappers. “Expect that to be very awesome,” he tells Rolling Stone. His dream team includes Big Sean, Mike Posner, Mike Mills, Chris Brown and others. “We might go a little old school on them as well, alongside some U.K. heavy hitters like Gigs, Skeptar and Chipmunks.”
He’s also working on his second full-length studio album. “I’ve been in the studio with Pharrell quite a lot. I’ve been talking to Usher about trying to get something done for it and hopefully, fingers crossed, Adele!”
Tempah says he’s already spoken with the British soul singer about collaborating. “She’s a very good friend of mine and so it’s definitely something that we’re talking about,” he says. “I want to do something kind of happy with her, something that people would not necessarily expect. I think she has an amazing voice and I’d love to see her use it all sorts of different ways.”
He hopes to have everything wrapped up by the end of the year.