Tom Hardy rap tracks emerge online
A RAP mixtape made by a teen Tom Hardy has been spotted online — 19 years after it was recorded.
Although it was known that the Taboo star dabbled in the music business as a youngster, no tracks had ever made it into the public arena.
But now, thanks to a former bandmate of Tom’s, not just one but 18 tracks have emerged — with titles ranging from Bring The F**king Noise to Rotton [sic] C***suckers Ball.
By way of explanation, his pal writes: ‘Made in a bedroom 1999 these mixtapes were never really finished. Lyrics written and performed by Tom Hardy. Music written and produced by Ed Tracy.’
There’s even a sleeve picture showing an unmistakably youthful Tom — although he seemed to be going by the rap name ‘Tommy No 1’ at the time.
The album is titled Falling On Your Arse In 1999 — perhaps prophetically considering Hardy has not become the rap star he perhaps once hoped to be — and other track titles include Dr Livingstoned, Sit Your Arse Down and We Makes The Beats (Codpiece mix).
Tom has previously mentioned that he had a record deal in his youth, telling the BBC’s Newsbeat in 2011: ‘I used to be with the guy who managed Leela James and Lauryn Hill, Pras, the Fugees and all that.
‘I worked out with [Grammy-winning producers] Warren Riker and Gordon Williams. I’ve recorded loads of stuff but it’s never been released.’
But, in his own words, he ‘wasn’t very good’.
Asked by Newsbeat whether he was likely to rap again, he indicated that was unlikely.
‘Unless I’m playing a rapper in something I can’t see myself straying off and doing it. But who knows? Maybe I’ll have an album when I’m 80,’ he said.
Author: Anna Thomson