Before the pandemic hit in 2020, Slothie (real name Tyrone Frampton) became persona non-grata after a tragic incident at the NME Awards. After a year of silence, the Northampton rapper responded to the incident with ‘Canceled’, a song that includes references to classic horror films poking fun at his cancellation.
After bursting onto the scene with his critically-acclaimed debut album Nothing great about Britain, Sloth was built as a necessary voice in difficult times. However, Frampton made uncomfortable comments to Kathryn Ryan during the awards show, which she claimed to be joking, but the jokes failed to land. To make matters worse, the musician got into a fight with an audience member who abused him and ended up trending on social media for days.
Slothie issued a public apology soon after and then set out to deal with the problems that caused the explosion. Then, a year later, he reflected on his problems with Skepta on ‘Cancelled’, a song that allowed him to become a horror villain.
Speaking to Zane Lowe about the track, Slothay recalled the night that ‘Void’ was born: “I’m sitting down, and I’m just in a negative place, I was negative. You know when you’re the only bad apple in the room? Yeah, power off, I’m just like, ‘Fuck everybody, like, fuck everybody.’ Yes, it’s on my mind. It’s just in the back of my mind.”
He added: “I’m one of those people who can push things to the side, but it just weighed on me. And then Skep, he could see that I was going through it. He’s got a song called ‘Going Through It’ that helped me. did. But he’s like, ‘Yo man, this is your defining moment.’ Because he’s a larger-than-life character, Skep. He’s the best.”
The first mention of horror films occurs at the beginning of the video when they pay homage to the original horror movie. However, instead of yelling ‘wazup’ at each other, they chose the British version and said, ‘wagwan’.
The video also honored the pair American Psycho, Silence of the Lambs, Candyman, A Nightmare on Elm StreetAnd The Texas Chainsaw Massacre By villainously cosplaying films. The rest, who are Northampton natives Alex Motlhabane and Louise Levy, are the team behind the talented video and deserve credit for making it happen.
Check out the slasher-inspired visuals for ‘Void’ below.