Off the Record (Tinchy Stryder song)

Off the Record (Tinchy Stryder song)
"Off the Record"
Single by Tinchy Stryder featuring Calvin Harris and BURNS
from the album Full Tank
B-side "Generation"
Released 4 November 2011
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded August 2011
London, United Kingdom
(Fly Eye Studios)
Genre Electro house, post-dubstep
Length 3:30
Label Takeover Entertainment Ltd &
Universal Island Records
Writer(s) Kwasi Danquah III (Composer)
TMS (Co-Lyricist)
Producer Calvin Harris, BURNS
Tinchy Stryder singles chronology
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Music video
"Off the Record" on YouTube

"Off the Record" is a 2011 single by Ghanaian British recording artist, Tinchy Stryder. The single features Scottish disc jockeys and record producers, Calvin Harris and Matt Burns (credited as BURNS). It is the second single from his fourth studio album entitled, Full Tank. It was released on 4 November 2011 as a digital download and was released on 7 November 2011 as a CD single in the United Kingdom. The single was co-written by Stryder and the production trio TMS, and was co-produced by Calvin Harris and BURNS, in August 2011. The single had its première by BBC Radio 1Xtra's presenter and British DJ, Trevor Nelson on 15 September 2011.[1][2]


Writing and production

Scottish DJ (Disc jockey) and record producer, Calvin Harris produced the song.

"Off The Record" was written by Tinchy Stryder and the production trio TMS.[1] TMS are the producers of Stryder's 2011 hit single "Spaceship" featuring Dappy, which reached #5 on the UK Singles Chart, and Dappy's 2011 debut single "No Regrets", which charted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was produced by the Three Six Zero Group duo of Calvin Harris and Matt Burns (credited as BURNS), in August 2011.[1][3]

When speaking about working with Calvin Harris and how they both came to work together on the song, Stryder stated in an interview with music journalist Kim Dawson of Daily Star newspaper: "I've just recorded a new single with Calvin and it was a lot of fun. "Calvin produced it for me, I've always liked his producing style and even in my sets, my DJ puts his tracks on.

"We've always had a lot of banter together. His album kept me off the top spot and my singles have kept him off the top in the past."

Tinchy Stryder added: "He sent me the tracks over and I picked the one I liked. I brought what I brought and we met halfway over it. We spent more time talking through emails than we actually spoke. Calvin is a very internet and computer guy."[1][3]

According to an interview with music journalist, Lina Bastidas of PopDash website on 3 November 2011, Stryder stated that the track's lyrics were inspired by his life currently feeling like he is on a rollercoaster, at the time of the song production.[1][4]

Music video

The concept for the music video was based on the notorious phrase or saying of "What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas".[5] The music video was filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, by Tinchy Stryder's music video production partners Luke Monaghan & James Barber, to accompany the release of "Off The Record". Monaghan and Barber were also two of the three directors of Stryder's 2011 Mobo Award winning music video for his previous 2011 hit single in the UK, "Spaceship".[6]


In the music video, Tinchy Stryder at the MGM Grand Adventures Theme Park (top) to enliven scenes in the MGM Grand Las Vegas hotel suite (middle) closing scene of the music video with Tinchy Stryder blowing out the candles on his Star In The Hood decorated Birthday cake (bottom).

The music video finds Stryder in a Red colored Mustang driving, followed by him being on rollercoasters at the MGM Grand Adventures Theme Park, with a group of females, whilst at the same time he proceeds with athemic choruses over electro house beats.[7]

The second scene finds Stryder at the luxurious MGM Grand Las Vegas hotel, where he is first seen in the hotel casino gambling, then dawn has approached and he proceeds to his suite at the hotel, where there is a hotel party, and is accompanied by a group of females and cameo appearances from a few Ruff Sqwad members and the production trio TMS are made.[7]

Once in the hotel suite he continues with the song choruses, whilst being on the bed in the hotel suite with a few females wearing Star In The Hood halternecks and monokini's, accompanying him on the bed, the females begin to have a pillow fight whilst fumbling Tinchy Stryder at the same time, then Stryder throws, US$1, 000 banknotes, at the females accompanying him on the bed, before Stryder later begins to proceed with rhymes that comes thick and fast over futuristic post-dubstep beats, which is then proceeded by an X-rated footage of a naked female in a bathtub being covered with a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream.[7]

The remaining final scenes in the music video are split with footages of a few members of the grime music collective Ruff Sqwad, production team TMS, and of Stryder celebrating his 25th birthday, dancing with a group of females on the balcony of an MGM Grand Las Vegas hotel suite, then finally closing the music video with him blowing out the candles on his Star In The Hood decorated Birthday cake.[7]

The music video was premièred on Tinchy Stryder's Vevo via YouTube channel on 29 September 2011.[7]

Live performances

On Wednesday, 5 October 2011, Tinchy Stryder performed the song live at the 2011 MOBO Awards (Music of Black Origin), which was held at the SECC (Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre) in Glasgow, Scotland.[8] On Sunday, 30 October 2011, Tinchy Stryder performed the song on the UK television show, The Xtra Factor.[9]

Track listing

Digital download and CD single[10]
No. Title Length
1. "Off the Record" (Album Version) 3:50
2. "Off the Record" (Raw Remix) 6:55
3. "Off the Record" (High Level Remix) 6:50
4. "Off the Record" (Steve More Remix) 7:37
5. "Off the Record" (Music Video) 3:30
Total length:

Chart performance

Chart (2011) Peak
Scotland (The Official Charts Company)[11] 23
UK Dance (The Official Charts Company)[12] 5
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[13] 24

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Ireland 4 November 2011[14] Digital Download Takeover Entertainment Ltd &
Universal Island Records
United Kingdom 6 November 2011[10]
7 November 2011 CD single


  1. ^ a b c d e "Calvin Harris - Calvin Harris Produced Tinchy Single". Friday, September 2, 2011. Retrieved Saturday, November 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ Nelson, Trevor. Tinchy Stryder - Interview With Trevor Nelson. BBC Radio 1Xtra/BBC Radio. Retrieved Thursday, November 10, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Dawson, Kim (Friday, September 2, 2011). "Tinchy Stryder In With Big Calvin Harris". Daily Star (United Kingdom). Retrieved Saturday, November 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ Bastidas, Lina (Thursday, November 3, 2011). "PopDash Meets... Tinchy Stryder!". Retrieved Saturday, November 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Tinchy Stryder - Off the Record, music video". MUZU TV. Retrieved Thursday, November 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ Tinchy Stryder feat. Calvin Harris ‘Off The Record’ by Luke + Barber. Friday, October 7th, 2011. Retrieved Saturday, November 5th, 2011.
  7. ^ a b c d e Tinchy Stryder - Off The Record ft. Calvin Harris & BURNS. Vevo/YouTube.
  8. ^ Tinchy Stryder @ MOBOs 2011. YouTube. Retrieved Wednesday, 9 November, 2011.
  9. ^ The Xtra Factor (The Xtra Factor, Series 8 - Episode 17). ITV. Retrieved Wednesday, 9 November, 2011.
  10. ^ a b "Off The Record (feat. Calvin Harris & BURNS) - Single by Tinchy Stryder - Download Off The Record (feat. Calvin Harris & BURNS) - Single on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved Saturday, 5 November, 2011.
  11. ^ "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40. The Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Dance Chart. The Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. The Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ "Off The Record (feat. Calvin Harris & BURNS) - Single by Tinchy Stryder - Download Off The Record (feat. Calvin Harris & BURNS) - Single on iTunes" (Republic of Ireland). iTunes Store. Retrieved Sunday, 13 November, 2011.

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