Who is Slowthai? The rapper got into a fight with the audience at the NME Awards – Wales Online

Slowthai might not be a household name.

But the award-winning rapper’s appearance at the 2020 NME Awards has certainly got fans talking.

Videos from the event show the rapper diving offstage to confront fans in the crowd during his awards acceptance speech.

It followed a strange display where he made several sexually suggestive comments to comedian Katherine Ryan, which provoked outrage from fans online.

But who is Slowthai, the ‘punk-rap’ star who held a fake severed head of Boris Johnson on live TV last year?

Here’s all you need to know.

Who is Slowthai?

Born in 1994, Slowthai, real name Tyler Frampton, was raised by a single mother on a council estate in the Lings area of Northampton. He studied Music Technology at Northampton College, and got his start in music through indie label Bone Soda a couple of years ago.

After releasing several EPs, he signed to major label Method Records in 2017. He appeared in BBC’s Sound of 2019, and was hotly tipped as grime’s next star following the mainstream success of Skepta and Stormzy.

His debut album Nothing Great About Britain was released last year and achieved critical acclaim for its rough, raw instrumentals and politically charged lyrics calling out Theresa May and criticising Brexit for the current state of Britain and its effect on the working class.

Slowthai on stage at NME Awards

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Where would I have seen him?

Slowthai made perhaps his most famous TV appearance at last year’s Mercury Prize Awards, where he was a nominee for Best Album. While performing his single ‘Doorman’ at the ceremony, which was live on BBC, he held up a fake severed head of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the crowd.

The rapper has also sold controversial ‘F*** Boris’ T-shirts on his website.

What happened at the NME Awards?

Slowthai’s appearance at the NME Awards has attracted controversy for the wrong reasons.

First, there was an uncomfortable trade-off with comedian Katherine Ryan, where he made a number of sexual comments towards her during her show.

The incident sparked outrage both online and at the show itself, with British presenter Julie Adenuga asking “What is happening?” and calling for someone to take him offstage.

While Ryan has since tweeted that she did not feel uncomfortable, the incident has understandably provoked outrage on social media.

Fans were not happy either, and when he was heckled during his acceptance speech, Slowthai threw his mic and a champagne flute into the crowd and tried to jump in to confront the audience.

Slowthai had previously been held in high standing for his calling out of the political classes, but it’s fair to say this incident has not gone down well.

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