Slowthai

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Slowthai
Background information
Native name
Tyron Frampton
Born (1994-12-18) 18 December 1994 (age 24)
Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2015-present
LabelsTrue Panther Sounds, Method Records
Associated actsSlaves, Mura Masa, Flume, Kwesi Darko, Tyler, the Creator
Websiteslowthai.com

Tyron Kaymone Frampton (born 18 December 1994), better known by his stage name Slowthai (stylised in lowercase), is an English rapper from Northampton, Northamptonshire.[1] In addition to being included in the BBC's Sound of 2019 poll[2] and NME's NME 100 list[3], Frampton has also received acclaim from publications such as DIY, Vevo and Metro.[4][5][6]

Frampton is well known for his notoriously gritty and rough instrumentals and raw, politically charged lyrics, especially around Brexit and Theresa May’s tenure as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. His stage name originates from his childhood nickname; Frampton had a speech impediment which caused him to speak slowly and with a drawl. Originally known as Slow Ty[7], he changed it to Slowthai when he released his first single in 2016.

Background[edit]

Frampton was born on 18 December 1994 in Northampton to a teenage mother. Of mixed Bajan and Irish descent, Frampton was raised by his single mother along with his four siblings after his father left when he was three. Frampton grew up in Lings, a predominantly white council estate in Billing, Northamptonshire known colloquially as "The Bush".[1] His younger brother, Michael, had muscular dystrophy (MD) and died in 2001, aged one, which greatly affected Frampton. Frampton attended Northampton Academy and in 2011 went on to attend Northampton College, where he studied a Level 3 BTEC in Music Technology. Frampton frequently skipped school during his years at Northampton Academy, often spending time at a nearby underground “recording studio” at his friend’s house, only stopping when his mother was forced to attend a compulsory court hearing. After college, Frampton had multiple miscellaneous short stints in employment - he worked as a labourer and at a clothes shop before being sacked for breach of contract after he gave his friends employee benefits. After his dismissal, Frampton focused entirely on music, downloading a copy of FL Studio and releasing numerous singles and an extended play under Bone Soda.

Frampton resides in Kensington, West London and his home town of Northampton.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
UK
[8]
IRE
[9]
Nothing Great About Britain 9 64

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
I WISH I KNEW ノノ
  • Release: 3 November 2017[11]
  • Label: Bone Soda
  • Format: Digital download
RUNT
  • Release: 14 September 2018[12]
  • Label: Method Records
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Jiggle"[13] 2016 Non-album singles
"Murder"[14] 2017
"T N Biscuits"[15][a] 2018 Nothing Great About Britain
"Noddy"[16]
(with Earbuds)
Non-album singles
"The Bottom"[17][b]
"North Nights"[17][a][b] Nothing Great About Britain
"Ladies"[18][a]
"Polaroid"[19][a]
"Drug Dealer"[20][a] RUNT EP and Nothing Great About Britain
"Rainbow"[21][a] Nothing Great About Britain
"Doorman"[22]
(with Mura Masa)
"Peace of Mind"[23] 2019
"Gorgeous"[24]
"Nothing Great About Britain"[25]

Notes

  • a Appears on the deluxe edition of Nothing Great About Britain only.
  • b "The Bottom" and "North Nights" were released as a double A-side.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Interior"[26]
(JD.Reid featuring 808INK, Slowthai, Oscar #Worldpeace)
2017 Calibrate EP

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[8]
NZ
Hot

[27]
"High Beams"
(with Flume & HWLS)
2019 7 Hi This Is Flume
"Inglorious"
(featuring Skepta)
50 Nothing Great About Britain
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album Credit(s)
"Like A See Saw"[28] 2015 Lord Pusswhip Lord Pusswhip Is Wack
  • Featured artist
  • Co-writer
"Piggy Bank"[29] 2018 JD.Reid Tree
  • Featured artist
"High Beams"[30] 2019 Flume, HWLS Hi This Is Flume
  • Featured artist
  • Co-writer
"What's Good"[31] Tyler, the Creator Igor
  • Uncredited background vocals

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2018 Ticketmaster New for 2019 Himself Included
[32][5]
Vevo DSCVR 2019 Artists To Watch
BBC Sound of 2019 Fourth[2]
DIY Class of 2019 Included
[4][6]
Metro Ones To Watch 2019

Tours[edit]

Date City Country Venue Notes
2018
24/11/2018[33] London  United Kingdom Alexandra Palace Supporting Slaves
2019[34][35]
18/3/2019 Brussels  Belgium Beursschouwburg
20/3/2019 Amsterdam  Netherlands Garage Noord
21/3/2019 Berlin  Germany Prince Charles
22/3/2019 Warsaw  Poland Hydrozagadka
24/3/2019 Paris  France Le Trabendo
26/3/2019 Glasgow  United Kingdom SWG3 Warehouse
27/3/2019 Birmingham O2 Institute
28/3/2019 Manchester O2 Ritz
29/3/2019 Bristol SWX
31/3/2019 Brighton Concorde 2
1/4/2019 London York Hall
6/5/2019 Ramsgate Ramsgate Music Hall 99p Tour
7/5/2019 Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
8/5/2019 Cardiff The Moon
9/5/2019 Leeds Temple of Boom
10/5/2019 Edinburgh Sneaky Pete's
11/5/2019 South Shields Trimmers Arms
17/5/2019 Northampton The Garibaldi Hotel Album launch party with Skepta[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sound of 2019: slowthai 'telling the story of the people for the people'". BBC. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Slowthai: From Northampton to South Africa". BBC. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  3. ^ Smith, Thomas (2019-01-08). "The NME 100: Essential new artists for 2019". NME. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  4. ^ a b "CLASS OF 2019: SLOWTHAI". DIY. 13 December 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b "YBN Crew & Slowthai Make Debuts as First 2019 Vevo Artists To Watch: Exclusive". Billboard. 26 November 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Ones To Watch 2019: Sam Fender, Ella Mai and Slowthai lead eclectic mix of artists into the new year". Metro. 29 December 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  7. ^ Pritchard, Will. "Get to Know Slowthai, the Most Exciting—and Excitable—New UK Rapper Out Right Now". www.pitchfork.com. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Slowthai | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  9. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts" (To access, go to "2019" > "24-May-19" and filter by "Slowthai"). Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Slowthai announces debut album 'Nothing Great About Britain' with 'Peace of Mind' video". DIY. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  11. ^ "I WISH I KNEW ノノ - EP by slowthai". Apple Music (UK). 3 November 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  12. ^ "RUNT - EP by slowthai". Apple Music (UK). 14 September 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Jiggle - Single by slowthai". iTunes. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Murder - Single by slowthai". iTunes. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  15. ^ "T N Biscuits - Single by slowthai". iTunes. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Noddy - Single by slowthai". iTunes. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  17. ^ a b "The Bottom / North Nights - Single by slowthai". iTunes. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Ladies - Single by slowthai". iTunes. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Polaroid - Single by slowthai". iTunes. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  20. ^ "Drug Dealer - Single by slowthai". iTunes. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Rainbow - Single by slowthai". iTunes. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  22. ^ "Doorman - Single by slowthai". iTunes. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  23. ^ "Peace of Mind - Single by slowthai". iTunes. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  24. ^ "Gorgeous - Single by slowthai". iTunes. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  25. ^ "Nothing Great About Britain - Single by slowthai". iTunes. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  26. ^ "Interior (feat. 808INK, Slowthai, Oscar #Worldpeace) - Single by JD.Reid". iTunes. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  27. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 1 April 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  28. ^ "Lord Pusswhip Is Wack by Lord Pusswhip". iTunes. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  29. ^ "Tree by JD.Reid". iTunes. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  30. ^ "Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape) [Video Album] by Flume". iTunes. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  31. ^ Mench, Chris (17 May 2019). "A guide to all the collaborators on Tyler, the Creator's new album 'Igor'". Genius. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  32. ^ "New Music: Slowthai". Ticketmaster. 28 November 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  33. ^ "Slaves". www.alexandrapalace.com. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  34. ^ "SLOWTHAI ANNOUNCES UK & EUROPEAN TOUR". DIY. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  35. ^ Moore, Sam (23 April 2019). "slowthai announces UK venues for his '99p tour'". NME. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  36. ^ "Slowthai celebrates". The Chronicle and Echo. Retrieved 29 May 2019.

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