There aren’t many things better than discovering a new artist whose music you instantly connect with. Whether they’re touring the nation making their name or supporting big acts globally, we’re here to put a spotlight on the musically-gifted people with a bright future ahead of them. This week, we’re introducing you to rising British rapper, Slowthai.
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Northampton may not be your go-to place when you think of a hotspot for the underground rap scene, but it’s a place that Slowthai calls home and he’s proud of it.
Beginning his musical career in a friend’s local studio, spitting bars as they came to him, it was obvious from his early teenage years that he had a special talent, different, but his way with words was masterful. Cut-throat and brutal, his lyrics focus more on the unsettling political situation and what’s effecting the youth of today, more than anything else and his delivery is like that of someone possessed, getting his thoughts out as fast as he can whilst his mouth tries to keep up.
His earliest singles, such as ‘Jiggle’ and the internet favourite, ‘T N Biscuits’ are what began the fire for the young rapper. Crossing lines between hip hop and grime, he twists and turns throughout his songs, whilst his videos become more artistic, dark and humorous with each release.
Dropping a plethora of material throughout 2018, Slowthai was making waves throughout the UK grime scene and he rounded up the year by coming fourth in the BBC Sound Of 2019 poll. Not bad for a scrappy lad from a Northampton estate with a speech impediment, (his name is derived from the childhood nickname Slow Ty, Tyron being his birth name).
Live, he’s a whole new force. Not many artists start their shows by being carried through the crowd in a coffin, but that’s just the smallest of ideas that Slowthai has when it comes to his performances. Spending more time on top of the audience than in front of them, screeching from his microphone and wearing nothing but his boxers, there’s not an ounce of calm about his stage presence and no matter where he’s playing, it’s a safe space for fans to let out their frustrations.
In what seems like no time at all, Slowthai has become the punk icon of British rap music. He’s angry about the way the younger generation are treated and damn straight he’s going to make you listen to what he has to say. He’s one of the most important voices in music today and whatever steps he takes next, we can guarantee that he won’t be quiet about it.
Slowthai is an artist you have to experience live, so grab your tickets to his headline tour and prepare for chaos:
O2 Institute Birmingham: Wednesday 27 March Buy Tickets
O2 Ritz Manchester: Thursday 28 March - SOLD OUT
Mountford Hall, Liverpool Guild Of Students: Saturday 30 March Buy Tickets
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