English rapper Tyron Frampton, commonly known as Slowthai, definitely has something uniquely strong to say about the British culture which surrounds him today. Presenting unapologetic politically charged lyrics damming the state of Brexit and Prime Minister Theresa May’s chaotic conduct throughout, the 24-year-old has come a long way from being known as ‘Slow Ty’ as a child due to a restrictive speech impediment. Now full of voice and backed by a stage name upgrade, the rapper releases his debut album ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ later this month, on May 17thvia Methods Records.
If this is the first time you’ve heard of Slowthai, then you’re just in time. On May 3rd, the rapper dropped the reference heavy, critically explosive visual accompaniment to his title track off the soon landing debut project – and there’s no better introduction to him as an artist.
Through an as ever raw and direct hammering breakbeat instrumental, Slowthai flirts with dub and garage flows to project his consistent message of national depression, made all the more powerful with occasional spoken interludes of frustrated cynicism. In commentary upon the meaning of identity and dysfunctional social norms, the cinematic video filled with stereotype and symbolism, follows the rappers journey as he becomes the royal heir to the throne after taking the famous Excalibur sword from its stone. Parading as the King Arthur of modern day, the video mocks mythology and tarnishes the traditions of heritage it represents, with Slowthai knighting his mates on the estate and conducting a pub singalong to ‘God Save the Queen’ after taking over the throne.
Delivered with a violent but undeniably purposeful tone, here Slowthai brings you a slice of weaponised social commentary, or perhaps just new music, you decide. One things for sure though, ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ lands in just under two weeks, and Slowthai definitely wants you to know about it.
You can watch the video here: