Tyron Kaymone Frampton (born 18 December 1994
), better known by his stage name Slowthai (stylised in lowercase
), is a British rapper. Raised in Northampton
he rose to popularity in 2019 for his gritty and rough instrumentals and raw, politically charged lyrics, especially around Brexit
and Theresa May
's tenure as British Prime Minister. Slowthai placed fourth in the BBC Sound of 2019
and followed up in the same year with his debut studio album, ''Nothing Great About Britain
.'' The album was nominated for the Mercury Prize
; at Slowthai's 2019 Mercury Prize ceremony performance, he held a fake severed head of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
on stage, which much controversy.
Tyron Kaymone Frampton was born on 18 December 1994 in Northampton
to a teenage mother of Barbadian
descent. Frampton was raised by his single mother in a council estate in the Lings area of Northampton. His step-father later moved in and his younger brother Michael was born in 2000 with muscular dystrophy
(MD). He died in 2001 which greatly affected Frampton. Frampton attended Northampton Academy
and in 2011 attended Northampton College
, where he studied for a BTEC
in Music Technology.
Slowthai frequently skipped school
during his years at Northampton Academy and often spent 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, Slowthai had multiple miscellaneous short stints in employment – he worked as a labourer
, a plasterer
and at a branch of Next
before being sacked for breach of contract after he gave his friend employee discounts. After his dismissal, he focused entirely on music; he downloaded a copy of FL Studio
and released numerous singles and an extended play under the Bone Soda label.
The name Slowthai originates from his childhood nickname given to him due to his slow speech and drawled tone: "slow ty". In 2016, he released his first single titled "Jiggle" and later released a string of singles via SoundCloud that were later removed.
In 2017, Slowthai partnered up with indie record label Bone Soda to release his I WISH I KNEW EP, Murder and T N Biscuits. Later in the same year, Slowthai signed his recording contract with Method Records and since has released his RUNT EP and debut studio album, ''Nothing Great About Britain
'' which peaked at number 9 on the Official Charts
on the week of release.
In addition to being included in the BBC
's Sound of 2019
s NME 100 list,
Slowthai as well received acclaim from publications such as ''DIY
. Alongside that, his debut album was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize
Slowthai contributed additional, uncredited vocals on the song "What's Good" from Tyler, The Creator's
''. He is also featured on "Heaven Belongs To You" from Brockhampton
's album ''Ginger
'' and later joined their HBTY North American tour in 2019 as the special guest.
In January 2020, Slowthai was featured alongside UK punk band Slaves
's single "Momentary Bliss
". The single was the first "episode" of their ''Song Machine
On 12 February 2020, after winning the Hero of the Year award at the NME Awards
, Slowthai dropped his microphone into the crowd, which was then thrown back at him along with a drink. Slowthai then threw his own drink and jumped into the crowd. Although viewers complained of his comments to Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan
, Ryan said Slowthai "didn't make me uncomfortable". He has since apologised to Ryan.
On 15 September 2020, Slowthai released the single "Feel Away" featuring James Blake
and Mount Kimbie
. The song was said to be a tribute to his brother, for the anniversary of his death. On 19 November, Slowthai released the single "nhs" alongside a tracklist for his album ''Tyron
'', releasing 5 February 2021.
On 18 December 2020, Slowthai released "Thoughts" as a single, along with a lyric video that featured local police responding to a complaint of a social gathering.
On 5 January 2021, Slowthai released "Mazza", a single featuring A$AP Rocky
On 9 February 2021, Slowthai released "Cancelled", a single featuring Skepta
On 12 February 2021, Slowthai released the album ''Tyron
'', which has features including Skepta
, Dominic Fike
, James Blake
, A$AP Rocky
and Denzel Curry
Slowthai is a supporter of the football team Northampton Town
. Parts of the music video for "Gorgeous" were filmed at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium
. He has also stated that he supports Liverpool F.C.
His music has been categorised as grime
and hip hop
. He often includes elements of punk rock
, leading to the categorisation of grime-punk. In a 2019 article for the BBC
, Kev Geoghegan described him as "either a grime MC making punk music or a punk making rap music".
In an article for Vice Media
, Niloufar Haidari described his music as "caustically witty bars over abrasive beats that blend grime, trap
, Soundcloud rap
and even punk and screamo
He has cited musical influences including Gesaffelstein
, Juelz Santana
, Mount Kimbie
, Arctic Monkeys
, Sex Pistols
and Die Antwoord
* Appears on the deluxe edition of ''Nothing Great About Britain'' only.
* "The Bottom" and "North Nights" were released as a double A-side.
As featured artist
Other charted songs
Awards and nominations
Category:English hip hop musicians
Category:English male rappers
Category:English people of Barbadian descent
Category:English people of Irish descent
Category:Musicians from Northamptonshire
Category:People from Northampton