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Pass Out (Tinie Tempah song)

"Pass Out"
Released 17 November 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Hip hop, grime, drum and bass
Length 4:28 (album version)
3:57 (radio edit)
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Labrinth, Tinie Tempah
Tinie Tempah singles chronology

"Pass Out"

Labrinth singles chronology
"Pass Out"

"Pass Out" is the debut single by British rapper Tinie Tempah. It is the lead single from his debut album Disc-Overy and his debut single on Parlophone. The song was a digital-only release and was available to download in the United Kingdom on 17 November 2009.[1] Producer and writer Labrinth provides vocals on the song's hook, but is uncredited.[2] A remix featuring Snoop Dogg was released in the United States on 16 November 2010 for digital download.[3] It won Best British Single at the 2011 BRIT Awards[4] and Best Contemporary Song at the 2011 Ivor Novello Awards.[5] The song is featured on the Madden NFL 12 soundtrack. In 2011, Labrinth revealed that Tinie would be releasing "Pass Out" in the U.S., featuring a major player in the American rap game.[6] It was re-serviced to radio stations in the United States as the third single from that album by October 2011.


After signing to Parlophone,Tinie Tempah was put together with producer Labrinth and the collaboration resulted in the first two singles for the label, "Frisky" and "Pass Out".[7] Parlophone president Miles Leonard said the label was adamant that "Pass Out" would be the first single, saying: "It set new precedents for British urban music from what had been happening the year before. And it was a new sound; it sounded fresh, and like it came from the clubs. Both "Pass Out" & "Frisky" were mixed by London's up and coming mix engineer Mr Jones @ Detox Audio."[7] However, the label thought the song may have had too much of "an edge" for daytime mainstream radio to take a risk in playing it, and so planned it as a low-key "set up single" that was instead made available to specialist radio stations. The song ended up getting such an enthusiastic reaction from specialist radio audiences that it was crossed over onto daytime mainstream rotation.[7]

Tempah explained to The Sun that the song “is about getting so out of it that you pass out".[8] The song also mentions Heidi Montag and Audrina Patridge of The Hills, fame and action star Jean-Claude Van Damme and Prince Charles. BBC Radio 1 coverage includes plays from Zane Lowe, Jo Whiley, MistaJam - who gave the song its first radio play on 12 December 2009,[9] Ras Kwame, Tim Westwood - who gave the record its premiere on BBC Radio 1Xtra on 7 December 2009,[10] Trevor Nelson, Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw. "Pass Out" has received early playlist support from BBC Radio 1Xtra and Kiss along with strong spot plays on BBC Radio 1, including a "Record Of The Week" with Nick Grimshaw. The song is also available as a free download on the game Tap Tap Revenge 3. "Pass Out" features in the UK commercial for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. It was also briefly featured in a scene in the 2011 remake of the film Arthur. American alternative hip hop group Chiddy Bang have also issued a remix of the song.[11] McFly also did a cover of "Pass Out" at Towneley Festival 2011.

Music video

The music video is focused around Tinie rapping and Labrinth, who sings the chorus, coming into the shot. Other UK rappers, including JME from Boy Better Know and G Frsh, also make cameo appearances. The video on Parlophone's official YouTube channel has had over 37 million views since its upload on 23 December 2009.[12] Tim Bown, the director of the video, said in the behind-the-scenes video that they were trying to create graphical elements, including laser-cut props.[13]

Track listing

  • Digital download[14]
  1. "Pass Out" (Album Version) – 4:27
  2. "Pass Out" (Clean Radio Edit) – 3:56
  3. "Pass Out" (DC Breaks Remix) – 4:31
  4. "Pass Out" (Instrumental) – 4:27
  5. "Pass Out" (Video) – 3:56
  • Record Store Day 7" vinyl
  1. "Pass Out" (Album Version) – 4:27
  2. "Pass Out" (SBTRKT Remix) – 4:46
  • 7" vinyl - Wrongtom Remix[15]
  1. "Pass Out" (Wrongtom vs. Tinie Tempah) - 3:35
  2. "Riddim' Killin'" (Wrongtom vs. Rodney P) - 4:14
  • Promotional CD single
  1. "Pass Out" (Clean Radio Edit) - 3:56
  2. "Pass Out" (Album Version) – 4:27
  3. "Pass Out" (Instrumental Version) – 4:27
  4. "Pass Out" (Original Radio Edit) – 3:33

Chart performance

"Pass Out" entered at number one on the UK Singles Chart and UK R&B Chart, selling just over 92,000 copies. The single held on to the top spot for two consecutive weeks before falling to number two in favour of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's single "Telephone". The single spent a total of seven weeks within the top ten before falling to number thirteen. As of 13 June 2010, the single had spent a total of fifteen weeks within the top forty of the UK Singles Chart. Then the song re-entered the Top forty at number thirty at the start of 2011, showing the song's popularity, forty four weeks after release. It then re-entered again at number thirty two a few weeks later, due to his performance at the BRIT awards. It has now spent a total of sixty five weeks on the UK Singles Chart, making it the joint twelfth longest runner of all time.

In the Republic of Ireland, "Pass Out" debuted number thirteen on the Irish Singles Chart. In its fourth week on the chart, the single climbed to its peak position of number six, where it remained for two consecutive weeks. The single spent a total of four weeks in the top 10 and, as of 3 June 2010, a total of thirty weeks within the top fifty.

In New Zealand, "Pass Out" debuted in the New Zealand Singles Chart on 10 May 2010 at number forty. The following week, it climbed seven places to number thirty three, where it remained for two consecutive weeks.

Chart (2010) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[16] 70
European Hot 100 Singles[17] 7
Germany (German Black Chart)[18] 6
Ireland (IRMA)[19] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[20] 33
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[21] 1
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[22] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2010) Position
European Hot 100 Singles[24] 70
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[25] 10

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
"In My Head" by Jason Derülo
UK Singles Chart number-one single
7 March 2010 – 20 March 2010
Succeeded by
"Telephone" by Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé

See also


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