Slowthai: 'TYRON' | Album Review

Going against the norms, Slowthai doesn’t play it safe. Built upon rebellion, the rapper from across the pond makes his voice loud and clear on his sophomore effort, ‘TYRON’. When it comes to him, and his slew of controversies, it’s easy to justify a cancellation, but on the album he proves that he can’t be cancelled.

Bursting the apologetic bubbles, Slowthai embraces his villainous way. On intro “45 Smoke” he reassures that the world is his, and now he’s the anti-hero that we are rooting for. He gives a big fuck you to all expectations and escapes what he’s felt restricted to, and that’s public persona. On “Cancelled” he signifies why he’s trying to prove his point, and you should pay attention to him. 

With this, he retraces why he’s such in a dark place. On “Mazza” he touches on his ADHD, on “VEX” he tackles the false portrayal of social media, and on “Dead” he moves on from those that are holding him back. When it’s time to “Play With Fire”, Slowthai is burned out, and the first half of the album, a series of chaotic events, closes out.

Sonically, the second half of the album is a breathe of fresh air. The villain becomes vulnerable, and for listeners, we become attach to his story. On “I Tried” he acknowledges his struggles, as he calls it a sickness, but what Kanye West calls it, it’s a superpower. And for the rapper, his superpower is playing the game with his own rules, going against the grail, while remaining humble along the way. This rockstar image is just half the story. 

Many people rely on faith in god, but Slowthai relies on the faith in community. Recognizing his position in his industry, he studies those around him and questions if they’re for me or against me. A question that listeners have to make. ‘TYRON’ is abrasive, hectic, and all over of the place. 

A reoccurring theme throughout the record traces itself back to the impact of ADHD, and prioritizes on highlighting the issues of mental health. In an era of uncertainty, ‘TYRON’ is an essential record to reassure, that we’re all going through it, and we all share more in common than you think. 

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