Charlie Sloth

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Charlie Sloth
Birth nameCharlie Rouillon
Born (1981-08-20) 20 August 1981 (age 37)
OriginSomers Town, London, England
GenresHip hop, grime, political hip hop
Occupation(s)DJ, producer, radio host, TV presenter
LabelsGrimey Limey
Associated actsRick Ross, Wretch 32, Akala, Giggs, Bugzy Malone, K Koke, Lowkey, Ace Hood, Big Shaq

Charlie Sloth (born Charlie Rouillon) is an English DJ, producer and TV presenter who was born in Camden Town and raised in Somers Town, North West London, England.[citation needed]


Sloth came to notability in 2007 after he won Most Original Video at the CraveFest awards Canada for music video "Guided Tour of Camden".[1]

Most of Sloth's career as a radio DJ has been spent on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, presenting The Rap Show on Saturday nights[2] and his weeknight late show The 8th. He was previously a presenter on the weekday drivetime show on BBC Radio 1Xtra.[3]

His trademark freestyle brand, Fire in the Booth, is "regarded as a real mark of prestige in the scene, especially for newcomers" with MCs from grime and hip-hop coming into the studio to perform.[2] Akala, Avelino, Devlin, Professor Green, K Koke, Lowkey, Bugzy Malone, Big Narstie, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32, Drake and others have performed on Fire in the Booth.[2]


Sloth created a weekly online video series Being Charlie Sloth, which was picked up by The show ran for 59 episodes.[4]


In 2008, Sloth won Best Rap/Hip-Hop/R&B Unsigned Artist at the CraveFest awards in Canada.[5] He released Hard Being Good in the same year.[6]

Sloth presented the daily drivetime show on BBC Radio 1Xtra from September 2012[7] until November 2017, when he was replaced by MistaJam.

On 6 November 2017, Sloth began presenting a new late-night show, The 8th, which was simulcast on Radio 1 and 1Xtra from Monday to Thursday from 9 until 11 pm.[8] The show was notable for its post-watershed language and content. Uniquely for Radio 1, swearing, and childish graphic sexual conversations were routinely a part of the programme, seen by station bosses as a way of attracting younger listeners.

Departure from BBC and ARIAS controversy[edit]

On October the 3rd 2018 Charlie Sloth announced he would be leaving the BBC after nearly 10 years On 18 October 2018, Sloth attended the Radio Academy's Audio and Radio Industry Awards, where he was nominated for Best Specialist Music Show.[9] When the winner of the award was announced as former Radio 1 and Virgin Radio DJ Edith Bowman, Sloth took to the stage and, in a brief rant, praised his Saturday night rap show and said "fuck your life".[10] It was at the time reported that this was directed at Edith Bowman but it was later confirmed that Edith was in fact not at the ceremony. The incident became known as Sloth's 'Kanye moment', in reference to West enacting a similar move at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Sloth later stated that his remarks were "not directed at Edith".[11]

Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper later apologised for Sloth's behaviour when accepting the Station of the Year award, saying "Charlie Sloth has left the building and is leaving Radio 1 & 1Xtra. Apologies."[12]

The weekend after the ARIAS controversy, following suggestions that he had ended his association with the BBC two weeks early, Sloth's rap show was taken off the air and temporarily replaced by the stations' dancehall DJ Seani B.[13] Radio 1 subsequently confirmed that Sloth had presented his final show on the network.[14]




  • The Big Boot (2004)
  • Secret Society (2006)
  • Hard Being Good (2008)
  • The Black Book (2010)
  • Hood Heat Vol. 1 (2014)[16]
  • Hood Heat Vol. 2 (2015)[16]


  1. ^ Chartattack: Cravefest awards, 21 September 2007 Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c Gibbins, Paul (1 March 2016). "Which MC Recorded the Greatest 'Fire in the Booth'?". Noisey. Vice. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Charlie Sloth gets new late night entertainment show on Radio 1 and 1Xtra". Newsbeat. 5 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Being Charlie Sloth #34 - Need More Hour In A Day (Life of an Independent British Rap Artist)". Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  5. ^ "CraveFest 2008 Music Video Award Winners!". Archived from the original on 15 September 2008.
  6. ^ Administrator. "- Charlie Sloth - Hard Being Good [Audio]". Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  7. ^ Sweney, Mark (25 May 2012). "Tim Westwood 'sacked' from Radio 1Xtra drivetime show". the Guardian.
  8. ^ "Charlie Sloth gets new late night entertainment show on Radio 1 and 1Xtra". Newsbeat. 5 October 2017.
  9. ^ "BBC dominates shortlist for ARIAS 2018 radio awards". Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Charlie Sloth leaves the BBC early after stage rant". Radio Today. 20 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Charlie Sloth does a Kanye as Edith Bowman wins award". Digital Spy. 19 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Charlie Sloth 'pulls a Kanye' and storms awards stage for sweary rant after losing". NME. 19 October 2018.
  13. ^ "BBC Radio 1 - Schedules, Saturday 20 October 2018". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  14. ^ Radio 1 Press Office [@BBCRadio1PR] (20 October 2018). "We have agreed with Charlie Sloth that he will not be presenting any further editions of 'The 8th' and 'The Rap Show' for Radio 1 and 1Xtra. New presenters will be announced for both shows in coming weeks" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "The Plug by Charlie Sloth on Apple Music". iTunes Store (GB). Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  16. ^ a b c Powell, Jon (21 August 2017). "Stream Charlie Sloth's Debut Album 'The Plug'". Respect. Retrieved 22 August 2017.

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