Charlie Sloth

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Charlie Sloth
Birth nameCharlie Rouillon[1]
Born (1981-08-20) 20 August 1981 (age 38)
OriginBirmingham, 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, Cadet
Websitecharliesloth.com

Charlie Rouillon[1], known professionally as Charlie Sloth 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]

Career[edit]

Sloth came to notability in 2007 after he won Most Original Video at the CraveFest Awards Canada for music video "Guided Tour of Camden".[2]

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[3] and his weeknight late show The 8th. He was previously a presenter on the weekday drivetime show on BBC Radio 1Xtra.[4]

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.[3] Akala, Avelino, Devlin, Professor Green, K Koke, Lowkey, Bugzy Malone, Big Narstie, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32, Drake, Big Shaq, the Migos and others have performed on Fire in the Booth.[3]

2007[edit]

Sloth created a weekly online video series Being Charlie Sloth, which was picked up by WorldStarHipHop.com. The show ran for 59 episodes.[5]

2008–2019[edit]

In 2008, Sloth won Best Rap/Hip-Hop/R&B Unsigned Artist at the CraveFest awards in Canada.[6] He released Hard Being Good in the same year.[7]

Sloth presented the daily drivetime show on BBC Radio 1Xtra from September 2012[8] until November 2017

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.[9] 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.

On 14 January 2019, Sloth announced via Instagram that he will be joining Apple Music and Beats 1 and will be bringing Fire In The Booth over.[10][11][12]

New Job at Apple Music[edit]

In October 2018 Charlie Sloth left BBC to join Apple Music [13]As of January 2019 Charlie Sloth joined Beats 1 and Apple music [14] where he does the Rap Show and curates playlists for Apple Music. Charlie took his world famous brand Fire In The Booth with him. [15]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • The Big Boot (2004)
  • Secret Society (2006)
  • Hard Being Good (2008)
  • The Black Book (2010)
  • Hood Heat Vol. 1 (2014)[17]
  • Hood Heat Vol. 2 (2015)[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "LAND BEYOND FESTIVALS LTD". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Companies House. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. ^ Chartattack: Cravefest awards, 21 September 2007 Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c Gibbins, Paul (1 March 2016). "Which MC Recorded the Greatest 'Fire in the Booth'?". Noisey. Vice. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Charlie Sloth gets new late night entertainment show on Radio 1 and 1Xtra". Newsbeat. 5 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Being Charlie Sloth #34 - Need More Hour In A Day (Life of an Independent British Rap Artist)". Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  6. ^ "CraveFest 2008 Music Video Award Winners!". cravefest.com. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008.
  7. ^ Administrator. "- Charlie Sloth - Hard Being Good [Audio]". britishhiphop.co.uk. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  8. ^ Sweney, Mark (25 May 2012). "Tim Westwood 'sacked' from Radio 1Xtra drivetime show". the Guardian.
  9. ^ "Charlie Sloth gets new late night entertainment show on Radio 1 and 1Xtra". Newsbeat. 5 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Charlie Sloth on Instagram: "Im soooo GASSED to announce that I'm taking #FireInTheBooth and my Rap show to @beats1official and @applemusic. Listen every week starting…"". Instagram. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  11. ^ Lovejoy, Ben (4 October 2018). "BBC's leading hip-hop DJ Charlie Sloth joins Apple Music, following in Zane Lowe's footsteps". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Charlie Sloth joins Apple's Beats 1 radio station". 14 January 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  13. ^ https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-45741140
  14. ^ https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-46864293
  15. ^ https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/apple-music-poaches-the-bbcs-leading-hip-hop-dj-charlie-sloth/
  16. ^ "The Plug by Charlie Sloth on Apple Music". iTunes Store (GB). Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  17. ^ 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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