THE rapper who sparked fury after brandishing a fake severed head of Boris Johnson at last night’s Mercury Music Prize awards once called the Queen a c*** and was addicted to Xanax.
Slowthai, 24, from Northampton, admits he “lost his mind” on sleeping pills after a tough childhood growing up on council estates.
His anti-establishment lyrics deal with drug dealing and crime, with hate-flecked barbs attacking the monarchy and politicians.
But last night’s sick stunt, where he held the Prime Minister’s bloodied severed head, caused widespread fury, with British politicians expressing their “disgust” to Sun Online.
Critics even demanded his arrest after the barechested MC waved the gruesome effigy of the PM’s head onstage, chanting “f*** Boris Johnson, F*** everything”.
Slowthai himself has admitted he would “probably be in jail” if he wasn’t a musician.
In shocking songs like Drug Dealer he raps about crack cocaine and shotguns.
BURNING UNION JACK
His foul-mouthed lyrics included those on Nothing Great About Britain, where he takes aim at the monarchy, rapping “Only if you respect me a little bit, Elizabeth, you c***”
The rebellious artist also leered in a rap he would “wifey” Kate Middleton and bragged about downing a “bottle of Bucky” in Buckingham Palace and smoking skunk cannabis.
He once claimed he could burn the Union Jack because “it don’t mean nothing.”
The self-styled “Brexit Bandit” had a troubled childhood, with his younger brother, Michael, who had muscular dystrophy (MD), dying aged one in 2001 when slowthai was eight.
Slowthai said his brother’s death sparked issues for him as a youngster and he went to anger-management classes before discovering hip-hop.
The notorious rapper was born Tyron Kaymone Frampton on December 18, 1994 and grew up on the tough Lings estate.
Slowthai’s mum, Gaynor – who is half Bajan – had him when she was 16 years old, but his English dad left them when he was just three.
At school, he was told he had ADHD and has admitted his mum was called to court after he skipped school.
He now has a ‘SORRY MUM’ tattoo below on his torso as he thinks it’s the thing he has said most often.
Another tattoo on his midriff reads “nothing great about Britain”.
His Irish step-father brought him to the Seventh Day Adventist Church because he thought Michael’s death was divine punishment.
Slowthai’s stage name was originally a nickname given to him by pals who said he spoke slowly and mumbled.
Earlier this year, he told the Evening Standard: “I was addicted to Xanax. I kept taking these sleeping pills.
I was addicted to Xanax. It was a psychosis or something
“I went to a festival, lost my mind, was up for five days and overcooked the egg fully. It was a psychosis or something.
“But by the new year I’d come back from being gone in the head. At that point I decided to put everything into music.
“I realised this makes me happy. I had the belief. Otherwise I’d probably be in jail now.”
Some viewers demanded slowthai was banged up after last night’s show, with one claiming “I hope the police arrest him.
Others attacked the “disgusting” BBC broadcast of the depraved stunt.
His infamous live shows include an appearance at Glastonbury where he stripped to his pants and led the crowd in a chant of “F*** Boris”.
Slowthai’s critically acclaimed debut studio album, Nothing Great About Britain, came out in 2019.
In videos for his singles he has acted out scenes from controversial films Trainspotting and Clockwork Orange.
Speaking after the record’s release, he said: “I love this country but I feel like we’re losing sight of who actually holds the power and what makes us great”.
Following last night’s shocking stage show the controversial artist took to Instagram to advertise his £25 “f*** Boris” t-shirts.
Today, British MPs led a chorus of anger at the rapper’s shocking antics.
Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood told Sun Online: “This stunt didn’t attempt to criticise policy or any one issue, but sickeningly attacked an individual.”
Mark Francois, MP for Rayleigh, said: “I have never heard of Mr slowthai, but clearly he would never win many points in an etiquette contest.
“Personally, I think holding up a purported severed head of the Prime Minister is extremely distasteful, and I think most fair-minded people would think likewise.”
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage attacked slowthai’s “absolutely disgusting” antics.
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