WHP18’s Sounds of the Near Future show lives up to its name, debuting slowthai to Store Street. Massively gaining notoriety, the rapper is surely one to watch over the next year…
Born in Northampton, slowthai (real name Tyron Frampton), has a raw, often acerbic style which has drawn comparisons to ‘horrorcore’, a genre often maligned by the mainstream press.
Northampton is a leafy area, around 60 miles north of London and it is here that slowthai calls his home, and always will do. He said in an interview with Dazed, “No matter what, that’s where my heart resides”. Tyron often repeats the adlib “Double N, Double N” in reference to the Northampton postcode, something which he also has tattooed on his finger.
Tattoos are something which slowthai is well known for, disjointed scribblings cover his body. These tattoos are somewhat reminiscent of Jared Leto’s Joker, and the manic clown is also close to slowthai’s heart. Alan Moore - who wrote the famous story ‘The Killing Joke’ - is also from Northampton. In the video for his song ‘Polaroid’, slowthai references The Joker's famous smile, with his mouth cut in to a permanent grin.
Slowthai’s live shows have a reputation for being wild and unhinged, with the rapper often stripping down to his boxers, and diving in to the crown in a sea of sweat and flailing limbs.
He once got carried to stage inside a closed coffin, but insists that the more successful he becomes, the more elaborate these kind of things are going to become.
Slowthai will be joined by Pusha T, AJ Tracey, Children of Zeus and more on Saturday 8th December.
Final tickets available here: https://warehouse-project.frontgatetickets.com/event/67xem1q8x3vs319a