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SLOWTHAI

Photographs by Elliott Morgan
Styled by Jessica Skeete-Cross

The rapper born Tyron Frampton’s in-your-face shows and unfiltered
assault on the establishment have thrilled A-list fans and the disaffected heart of the nation alike. But it has also landed him in trouble. He talks to Leonie Cooper about getting clean(-ish), coming up hard and how
his new album will show us ‘who I am when no one’s watching’

It’s undoubtedly a sign that you’re making serious waves when Skepta pulls up outside your mum’s house, in a Rolls-Royce, loaded up with enough bottles of liquor to restock an off-licence. And a couple of years ago, this is exactly what happened to Tyron ‘Slowthai’ Frampton.

Having just finished recording his debut album — 2019’s incendiary Nothing Great About Britain — he had invited everyone who had helped him out to the council house he still shares with his mum in his native Northampton. The biggest grime artist in the world just so happened to be one of the first through the door.

‘He said, “Let’s play this drinking game,”’ Slowthai remembers with a grin, puffing on a cigarette, our socially distanced shoot at Marylebone’s historic Wallace Collection just wrapped. ‘I kept losing and he kept losing, but that’s the point! I was throwing up and he got so drunk he passed out on my sofa.’ With a hand covered in a large spider tattoo, Slowthai mimes stroking the back of the ‘Shutdown’ MC. ‘I had to help him. I was going, “It’s alright, it’s alright!”’

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“[the nme awards] made me realise that there are things [I carry] from growing up that I’ve got to hash out and reflect on... I’m always trying to grow”

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“I was mad paranoid, there were people around me that shouldn’t have been, and substances, and I just got overwhelmed”

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“Growing up I was always that lad who’d be chilling with the girls while they were doing their nails… and then they’d paint mine on the sly”

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Grooming: Alexis Day using using Marc Jacobs Beauty and Shea Moisture.
Shot on location at The Wallace Collection