slowthai Announces New Album “UGLY”, Shares New Song “Selfish”
British rapper Tyron Frampton, aka slowthai announced his third studio album UGLY”, which will be released on March 3, 2023 via Method Records.
The album title is an acronym for U Gotta Love Yourself.
“The first album was the sound of where I'm from and everything I thought I knew,” slowthai said of the album in a statement. “The second album is what was relevant to me at that moment in time, the present. And this album is completely me - about how I feel and what I want to be... it's everything I've been leading up to.”
From the album, he released the first single called “Selfish” on January 25, 2023.
The track was written by Tyron Frampton, Dan Carey, and Kwes Darko. Produced by Dan Carey.
The accompanying music video was directed by THE REST & *UNCANNY.
Before the release of the song, he live streamed in a custom built room fitted floor to ceiling with two-way mirrors where he'll spend the day with himself.
About the song, he said that he has conflicted feelings about not having enough time for those around him. “I want to be there for them but I'm always striving, working, reaching further.”
- The album is his first project in two years since the 2021 album “Tyron”, and produced by Speedy Wunderground founder Dan Carey.
Also, he worked on the album with Kwes Darko, Ethan P. Flynn, Jockstrap's Taylor Skye, Beabadoobee guitarist Jacob Bugden, Fontaines D.C., and drummer Liam Toon.
He said, “This album was me trying to emulate the spirit of the brotherhood ethos that bands have. Music is about the feeling and emotion that goes into it. Like an artist making a painting, it's the expression of that moment in time. I really felt like I didn't want to rap, whereas before, rap was the only way I could express myself with the tools I had. Now that I have more freedom to create and do more, why wouldn't we change it up?”
He continued, “It doesn't matter what or who people think you are, you've just got to stay true and respect yourself. I have UGLY tattooed on my face because it's a reminder to love myself, rather than put myself down constantly or feel the impression people have of me should determine who I am as a person. At the end of the day, the art I make is for myself, and the music I make is for myself, if I enjoy it then who gives a fuck. So, the way I should live my life should be without any expectations of anyone else. I think it's something that we all need to hear because everyone needs a smile, and everyone needs a bit of joy and you need to look in yourself to really feel it because no one else can give you the real feeling.”
- source : Apple Music