Big Narstie

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Big Narstie
Big Narstie performing at EP launch.JPG
Big Narstie performing in 2013
Background information
Birth nameTyrone Lindo
Born (1985-11-16) 16 November 1985 (age 34)
Lambeth, London, England
OriginBrixton, London, England
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • MC
Years active2002–present
LabelsDice Recordings
Associated acts

Tyrone Lindo (born 16 November 1985), better known by his stage name Big Narstie, is a British rapper and MC. He started his career in 2002 as a member of grime crew N-Double-A, though he is better known for his solo work and as an Internet personality specialising in grime comedy.[1] He is also known for hosting his own chat show, The Big Narstie Show.



In 2007, Big Narstie signed to independent label, Dice Recordings. His track "Brushman" was also named RWD magazine's "Song of the Year". Sampling Coldplay, it was one of the first grime/indie tracks to be supported by personalities from multiple mainstream radio stations.[2]

Big Narstie has featured on records including Professor Green's "Before I Die Remix"[3] and N-Dubz's "N-Dubz vs N.A.A",[4] from their debut album Uncle B. Big Narstie continued to record and released BIG NARSTIE three other mixtapes: Mind of a Fat Guy,[5] Drugs and Chicken, and I'm Betta Than U,[6] which had guest appearances from Giggs, Scorcher, and Wretch 32.


Big Narstie released his first mix CD of the year in February 2012, called Pain Overload. Shortly after, Pain Is Love was released in July for free download via SB.TV.[7] Big Narstie's first official E.P, #PAIN was released in October and entered at number 5 in the iTunes UK Hip Hop chart and he won the 2012 Urban Music Award (UMAs) for Best Grime Act beating artists like Skepta, Lethal Bizzle and Dot Rotten.[8]

In 2013, Big Narstie released his second EP Don't Fuck Up the Base.[9] The EP Big Narstie was the highest selling grime EP of 2013. He also had a Don't Fuck up the Base EP launch party,[10] which featured music artists, Flirta D, Mic Righteous, Scrufizzer, Kozzie and DJ's, DJ Cameo, Charlie Sloth, DJ Logan Sama.

He performed at a number of festivals across Europe including The Wireless Festival,[11] A Day In Dam with English Frank and Black The Ripper, the Hip Hop Kemp Festival in Czech Republic[12] and The Outlook Festival in Croatia.[13] He also won UMA 2013 Best Grime Act award for the second year in a row.[14] At the end of 2013 he released an EP Hello Hi. with True Tiger. Noisey named Big Narstie as their name of 2013.[15] and he also reviewed the year at Fact magazine.[16]

In 2014, Big Narstie released What's the Story Brixton Glory Part II, where he covered various Britpop classics by artists such as Oasis. He then embarked on the Base Defence League (BDL) Tour around the UK, which had a host of music artists supporting him.[17]

Big Narstie was featured in Craig David's single, "When the Bassline Drops", which was released on 27 November 2015.[18] The song saw commercial success, entering the UK top 10 and being certified Gold.[19] In 2017 he rapped on the Enter Shikari single "Supercharge".[20]

In 2017 he collaborated with Robbie Williams and Atlantic Horns on the song Go Mental[21].

Channel 4 announced they had commissioned The Big Narstie Show following appearances from him on Gogglebox: Celebrity Special for Stand Up To Cancer and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2017.[22] In 2019 he re appeared in the Big Fat Quiz, this time the Big Fat Quiz Of Everything[23]

The first series of the show features guests including Ed Sheeran, Jonathan Ross, David Schwimmer, David Haye and Keith Lemon having joined hosts Big Narstie and Mo Gilligan.

The programme performed strongly for the network, with The Big Narstie Show rating as one of Channel 4's most popular programmes for young audiences. It was up 94% on the channel's share of 16–24 year-old viewers; up 129% on share for BAME viewers; and up 144% on share for black audiences. A second series has been commissioned.

During 2018 Big Narstie also appeared on Good Morning Britain reading the weather report which went viral. He also appeared on Celebrity Crystal Maze for Stand Up To Cancer, Celebrity Juice, Would I Lie to You? and The Chris Ramsey Show. He also started in the cinema hit The Festival.

Big Narstie was caught up in controversy in 2018 during an episode of Britain's Got More Talent when he appears to push contestant Robert White during a live show. The pair resolved the issue publicly on Twitter.[24][25]

Grime Comedy[edit]

Big Narstie was cited by music blog 'RansomNote' as one of the first in the 'Grime Comedy' genre [26]. The blog states "Big Narstie is probably the don of this – at either end of his career you can find lyrics and beats drenched with sorrow, regret and nostalgia" and goes onto talk about the subjective opinion of the audience - "the fact that most outsiders can't tell the difference between rage and satire tells you more about the audience than the performer".

Other activities[edit]

Away from music, Big Narstie has featured in the Channel 4 sitcom Dubplate Drama alongside N-Dubz and Shystie. He has also had a guest appearance in the films Anuvahood and London State of Mind. He is set to appear in the series Krish and Lee and the film Rise of the Foot Soldier 2. From 29 June 2018, he hosted The Big Narstie Show.

He has appeared on a number of panel shows including The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2017 in a team with Katherine Ryan and again in 2019,[27] and Would I Lie to You? on David Mitchell's team.[28]

Big Narstie creates YouTube videos including a parody agony aunt style series Uncle Pain.

Big Narstie appeared in The Great British Bake Off "The Great Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off", series 2, episode 3. He completed two of three challenges and did not appear at the third challenge due to being taken ill and was replaced by Sandi Toksvig.[citation needed]



  • BDL Bipolar (2018)


  • Pain Therapy (2011)
  • Pain (2013)
  • Don't Fuck Up The Base (2013)
  • Hello High [w/ True Tiger] (2013)
  • Base Society (2016)


  • I'm Betta Than U Vol. 1 (2005)
  • What's the Story Brixton Glory (2006)
  • Hey It's That Fat Guy (2007)
  • Drugs and Chicken (2007)
  • Fuck A 9–5 (2008)
  • Fat And Proud (2008)
  • The Big Man Returns (2009)
  • Pain Is Love (2012)
  • Pain Overload (2012)



  1. ^ "Big Narstie is Noisey UK's Man of The Year!". NOISEY.
  2. ^ "Listen: Arctic Monkeys, Oasis and Coldplay appear on Grime mixtape". Gigwise. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Professor Green releases Before I Die Remix". Last FM. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Guardian Review of Uncle B". Guardian. Retrieved 14 November 2008.
  5. ^ "Mixtape from Big Narstie". UK Record. Archived from the original on 24 March 2014. Retrieved October 2007. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "I'm Betta Than U mixtape". Disco Gs. Retrieved May 2006. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "SBTV". SBTV. Jamal Edwards. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2006.
  8. ^ Noel Phillips (2 December 2012). "Urban Music Award 2012 Winners". Flavour Mag.
  9. ^ Paul Gibbons (23 April 2013). "Don't Fuck Up The Base EP". The Independent. Archived from the original on 19 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Linkup TV". Stackamillion TV. Archived from the original on 22 March 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Big Narstie to perform at the Wireless festival". Subba Cultcha. Archived from the original on 20 September 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Lineup for Hip Hop Kemp 2013". Hip Hop Kemp. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  13. ^ "Past line ups for Outlook festival". Outlook Festival. Archived from the original on 27 January 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  14. ^ "Urban Music Awards 2013 Winners". Urban Music Awards. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  15. ^ "Big Narstie Is Noisey UK's Man Of The Year!". Noisey. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  16. ^ "2013 by Big Narstie". Fact Magazine. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  17. ^ "Big Narstie announces BDL tour". GRM Daily. 29 January 2014. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014.
  18. ^ "Craig David returns with new song 'When The Bassline Drops' from 2016 comeback album". NME. 9 November 2015.
  19. ^ "'When the Bassline Drops' by Craig David and Big Narstie goes gold". GRM Daily. 14 May 2016.
  20. ^ Trendell, Andrew (24 May 2017). "Enter Shikari unveil new single with Big Narstie and announce huge UK arena tour". NME. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  21. ^ Robbie Williams (23 October 2017), Robbie Williams | Go Mental (ft. Big Narstie & Atlantic Horns) - Official Video, retrieved 27 March 2019
  22. ^ "Channel 4 lines up Big Narstie as a key face of late night entertainment with new series". Radio Times.
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  24. ^ "Robert White". Twitter.
  25. ^ "Big Narstie shoves Britain's Got Talent comedian Robert White". Evening Standard. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  26. ^ "Gone To A Rave: An Incomplete History Of Grime Comedy". Ransom Note.
  27. ^ "Big Fat Quiz - Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2017". Radio Times.
  28. ^ "Would I Lie to You?: Prue Leith, Big Narstie, Scarlett Moffatt, Tomasz Schafernaker | TVmaze". TV Maze. Retrieved 3 November 2018.

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