Tinie Tempah has listed Jay Z as a major inspiration to him and a whole generation.

The Pass Out singer told The Times that the 43-year-old star has been a role model to him and commended him on setting such a good example for the younger generation of aspiring stars.

“He has led by example through his art form. He’s worked hard, been smart and made really good business decisions.

“So if you have aspirations as a young black guy to be an artist, a musician and an entrepreneur, and who knows, maybe one day work with tech companies and app companies and drinks brands and all of that, there is someone who has shown people like me that we can do it.”

He added, “I want to try to be that guy for my generation.

“Three years ago I was sitting in south London not knowing what the hell was going to happento me. But you have to adapt fast or you won’t survive.”