As slowthai sits on the precipice of releasing his hugely anticipated second album TYRON, he leans into a turbulent year and fronts up to the haters with new track “CANCELLED,” which he performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week. Helped along by big bro Skepta, the confidence and self-assuredness of this young artist is infectious.
This isn’t misdirected braggadocio at play, it’s a mirror held up to the modern phenomenon of cancel culture; the self-explanatory “CANCELLED” featuring Skepta doesn’t shy away from being a bold and urgent response to those who tried/try to tear him down. Across the album the message is clear – every human makes mistakes but the most beneficial outcome is to pause, step back, reflect, learn and grow.
The official video directed by THE REST is out now and cleverly draws on a swathe of classic horror movie references. From the opening sketch taken from Scary Movie that sees Ty, Skep, Kwes. Krash and Samo hollering “WAGWAAAAAAN?” down the phone to each other, to slowthai being Patrick Bateman (American Psycho) through Silence of The Lambs, Candyman, Nightmare on Elm Street and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.