Everything you need to know about Slowthai after NME Awards outburst
Slowthai caused a scene at the NME Awards last night when he confronted a man in the crowd and was restrained by security.
The Northampton-born rapper, 25, who’s real name is Tyron Kaymone Frampton, threw his microphone and a champagne glass into the crowd before jumping into the audience.
He was accepting the award for ‘hero of the year’ at the awards ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton in London when the outburst happened.
The outburst came when Slowthai was allegedly called a “misogynist” by a man in the audience after he made a series of lewd comments directed at comedian and host of the awards Katherine Ryan.
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The rapper has not been shy of creating controversy in the past, as he infamously held a fake severed head of Prime Minister Boris Johnson at last year’s Mercury Prize Awards, where he was nominated for Best Album.
Who is Slowthai?
Slowthai was raised by a single mother on a council estate in the Kings area of Northampton, which he credits as the inspiration for his emotionally charged lyrics.
He left home aged 13 to move in with a ‘family friend’ in the village of Little Hampton and went on to gain a BTEC in music technology at college.
His rap name comes from a childhood nickname – slow Ty, due to his drawled tone and slow speech which is heard in his music.
He signed to a major record label in 2017, and went on to release his debut album Nothing Great About Britain in May 2019, which was met with great critical acclaim by music critics.
He was also included in the BBC's Sound of 2019 list.
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While Ryan was quick to downplay Slowthai’s behaviour last night, stating “He didn’t make me uncomfortable, this is why we need women in positions of power”, his antics last night sparked fans on twitter fearing he had ruined his career.
Many believed his behaviour to inexcusable, particularly on a night were he had won an award calling him ‘hero of the year’.
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