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Who is Slowthai? The rapper who caused award show controversy but is fast becoming one of the city’s most popular new talents

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Born Tyron Kaymone Frampton, Slowthai is a 26-year-old British rapper, who was raised in Northampton.

He burst onto the rap scene in 2019, with songs focused around Brexit and Theresa May’s stint as Prime Minister of the UK.

This led to his first studio album released in May of the same year, titled Nothing Great About Britain.

His album was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2019, leading to a controversial performance in which the rapper held a fake severed head of Prime Minister Boris Johnson on stage.

Further controversy culminated in his 2020 NME performance, when he tried to start a fight with an audience member after the latter repeatedly called the rapper ‘misogynistic’.

Slowthai was mid acceptance speech for the ‘Hero of the Year’ award when he was called out for the comments he made to NME Award host Katherine Ryan, ending in him throwing his drink at the audience member and jumping into the audience trying to start a fight.

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His childhood

Slowthai didn’t have the easiest start in life, born on December 18, 1994 in Northampton and raised by a teenage single mother in a council estate with his sister. His mother is of mixed Barbadian and Irish descent.

His step-father later moved in and younger brother Michael was born with muscular dystrophy, leading to his tragic death aged one, something which greatly affected the rapper and his family.

Slowthai frequently skipped school, often recording music at his friend’s house instead of attending lessons at Northampton Academy, something which only stopped when his mum was forced to attend a court hearing about his truancy.

Slowthai then moved on to Northampton College where he studied a BTEC in Music Technology.

Before making it as a rapper he worked as a labourer and in a clothes shop, but was dismissed due to giving his friends employee benefits.

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Where does the name come from?

Slowthai comes from his childhood nickname slow Ty, a nickname he was given due to his slow speech and drawled tone.

In 2017 he worked with indie record label Bone Soda to release his first EP, going on to sign a record deal with Method Records later that year.

His debut studio album Nothing Great About Britain reached number nine in the charts on its first week of release.

In 2019 he was included in the BBC’s sound of 2019 poll and NME’s NME 100 list.

Second album

Slowthai’s second studio album, Tyron was released on February 12, 2021, and includes a host of famous faces on it, such as Skepta and A$AP Rocky.