Artist Watch: slowthai


The UK music scene has predominantly focused on artists from London. In recent years, attention has been turned to the countries other major cities. Artists are now being recognised from all over, the likes of Mist and Jaykae from Birmingham and Bugzy Malone and Aitch from Manchester.

Well, slowthai (no capital letters intended) is no different. Tyron “slowthai” Frampton hails from Northampton. His rise as an outspoken rapper has seen him be included in BBC Sound of 2019 and also NME’s “NME 100” list. In an interview with Pitchfork, slowthai explains that his stage name derived from a childhood nickname that he was given. A mix between the Ty of Tyron and his laid back, slurry worded, approach as a kid.

Grimey beats, slick flows, clever punchlines and lyrics mixed with a clear message that is directed at the system. slowthai does not attempt to impersonate anyone else or any other artist but instead comes through with a refreshing yet very British sound to urban music.

The 24 year old started out a few years ago, with his first single release “Jiggly”. This has been followed by other single releases as well as the I Wish I Knew EP in 2017. 2018 saw a very productive year for the young musician, with every single released that year, being now featured on his debut album. Furthermore, Runt was slowthai’s second EP project released in 2018. Added to a productive and successful year of 2018, slowthai supported the punk rock duo Slaves at the back end of 2018 at the Alexandra Palace in London.

Even on face value, the message that slowthai has is clear with his debut album being entitled Not So Great Britain. The target is on the British system and hierarchy. This can be seen more so in his latest video with Skepta for the track “Inglorious”, a track that also features on his debut album. Released a day before the release of Not So Great Britain, on the 17th May, the video has already got over half a million views.

Watch below the video for “Inglorious” below:

The attention is being turned to slowthai. The feature of an artists caliber such as Skepta will also draw in attention from UK rap fans that have not heard of the lad from Northampton. The album only contains one other feature and that is from (previously mentioned), Birmingham rapper, Jaykae. Such a large debut album and only two features, showing that slowthai wants to showcase his work and lyrics with not much help.

It is not all about figures but with under a million monthly listens on Spotify, you can expect that with the release of his debut album that this figure will rise.

Listen to Not So Great Britain on Spotify below:

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