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Slowthai on Mercury prize, new PM and supporting Liam Gallagher

Slowthai on Mercury prize, new PM and supporting Liam Gallagher

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By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter As people are starting to quietly trail out of the room at the end of the Mercury Prize 2019 announcement, a loud voice shouts out from the podium: "Yes, mate! Mercury nominated, mate!"While all the other shortlisted nominees in attendance have answered journalists' questions on the red carpet and left, rapper slowthai, unconcerned by etiquette, is making the most of the experience. Holding a Mercury Prize award aloft, huge grin plastered across his face, he makes sure to get pictures before it's time to go.Nominated for the prestigious award for his debut record, the top-10 charting Nothing Great About Britain, he tried to sum up his feelings to Sky News."It feels like angels have come down from heav...
Sound of 2019: slowthai 'telling the story of the people for the people'

Sound of 2019: slowthai 'telling the story of the people for the people'

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Media playback is unsupported on your device He's either a grime MC making punk music or a punk making rap music. Either way, slowthai - number four in the BBC's Sound of 2019 - is unlike any artist to emerge from the past 12 months.The 24-year-old "class clown dunce" and his nihilistic, often funny tales of petty criminality have taken the music industry by storm with effusive praise for his energetic live shows. Born Tyron Frampton, slowthai was brought up on a Northampton council estate nicknamed "The Bush".Raised by a single mum, his name comes from his childhood habit of talking slowly (Slow-Ty). But his vocals are anything but as he spits lyrics with the furious pace of a young man who has much to say, whether it's about race... Brown su...