Tom Hardy’s Mixtape From The 90s Has Been Released And It’s Pretty Decent
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There's no denying that Tom Hardy is a master of the stage and screen. He's been nominated for and won dozens of awards since his debut in Band of Brothers in 2001 and starred in some of the biggest movies of the last two decades.
But while he's celebrated for his incredible characters, he's also a pretty decent musician.
An 18-track album has been released, titled Falling On Your Arse In 1999, which was a collaboration between Hardy and DJ Eddie Too Tall, also known as Ed Tracy, a BAFTA winning TV writer and director. For the album, Tom uses a moniker, Tommy No 1.
A Reddit user with the name edwardtracey provided a link to the album on BandCamp earlier today via the Hip Hop Heads subreddit. With a little more than 600 upvotes so far, it seems like people who have listened to the music are pretty impressed.
One person said: "Holy fuck the beats on this thing are incredible."
Another added: "Damn this is dope so far. Real jazzy beat and some aggressive cockney bars."
After listening all the tracks, it's clear that Ed and Tom had a lot of creative chemistry between them. They sample audio from famous movies like The Godfather, add in some spicy jazz vibes with a heavy use of various drum beats, while the Peaky Blinders actor spits some serious bars about growing up and life in the 1990s.
Way before he played Charles Bronson, Bane or Alfie Solomons, he actually had scored a recording deal when he was a teenager.
Speaking to BBC's Newsbeat, Hardy said: "I started out rapping when I was 14 or 15. Because I come from a nice middle-class neighbourhood it was a very hard sell. And I wasn't very good!
"I used to be with the guy who managed Leela James and Lauren 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."
"I've got albums, man. My best friend Peanut, he grew up in the south Bronx. He's a very good MC and we still play. It'll come out in a film one day, it'll come out in a character somewhere."
Well, it's finally been released and judging from the feedback on Reddit, people wouldn't mind if he got back in the music industry and released some more music.