Tinie is the new John Barnes
But now TINIE TEMPAH can tell his mum he is the new JOHN BARNES after landing a gig as the face of Lucozade Sport.
The rapper has signed a £100,000-plus deal to promote the energy drink favoured by top athletes such as Hibs's DEREK RIORDAN. Only he likes his with vodka.
Back in the Nineties Barnesy was the face of Lucozade Isotonic drinks.
The footie legend – pictured below rapping in the video for NEW ORDER's 1990 World Cup track World In Motion and in a scene from his famous Lucozade campaign – earned a fortune for volleying an empty bottle into a bin and saying the immortal line: "Isotonic – gets to thirst, fast."
Tinie beat KANYE WEST to the latest Lucozade job and has just been in LA to film the big-money ad.
He said: "I am too young to remember the John Barnes adverts but I hear he wasn't a bad rapper.
"I reckon I could kick the bottle in the bin if I was asked. It's massive. They've always done such huge adverts. And I DO drink Lucozade, more so in the gym. I'm not just saying that, I wouldn't endorse something I didn't like."