Tinie: Royal thumbs up was big deal
Tinie Tempah has said receiving royal approval from Prince William was a "bigger deal" than the backing of Snoop Dogg.
The Pass Out singer met the Prince backstage after performing at Radio One's Big Weekend, and William admitted he knew all of Tinie's lyrics.
Speaking after his performance at Ibiza Rocks sponsored by Kinect - Xbox 360's controller free gaming experience - Tinie said: "Meeting Prince William was pretty knock out - it was amazing. We had a little chat and he said 'Keep doing your thing, I love your songs and I know all the words'. That was a very big deal for me."
Earlier this year Tinie performed with Snoop Dogg who said he would help him break in to the States.
But of his two famous fans Tinie was more pleased with his blue-blooded backing. He said: "Both mean a lot to me in different ways but I'm proud of being British and living in England, so to get a compliment from our future King just tops that. To know someone like him was listening that was a bigger deal."
The London rapper's first album Disc-Overy is out in October, but he is already lining up the list of artists he wants to collaborate with in the future and top of the bill is Michael Buble.
With a hectic schedule of touring and promotion, single Tinie reckons there is no time to look for love.
He said: "I wish I had a lady friend, but there's no time for that right now. They take your time up, you think it'd be easy but it's not."