Northampton-born rapper slowthai has had his debut album nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.
slowthai’s first album Nothing Great About Britain, which was released in May, was among the 12 albums to be nominated for the prize, which is given to the album voted Best of the Year by the music industry.
According to a BBC profile, the Mercury Prize judges described the album as, “Absorbing, vivid stories of lives lived at the cultural margins, told with tenderness, rage and humour.”
slowthai, whose real name is Tyron Frampton, released Nothing Great About Britain in May, with the album charting at number 9 in the UK album charts, with the album featuring guest appearances from Skepta, Jaykay and Mura Masa.
Mura Masa and rock band Slaves are also listed among the producers. slowthai performed last month at Glastonbury Festival, while later this year he is also due to perform to a sold out crowd at Brixton Academy and open for former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher on a UK arena tour.
Also nominated are The 1975, Anna Calvi, Black Midi, Cate Le Bon, Dave, Foals, Fontaines DC, Idles, Little Simz, Nao and Seed Ensemble.
The Mercury Prize ceremony will be held in September. Previous winners include Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, PJ Harvey, Dizzee Rascal, The XX and slowthai’s collaborator Skepta, while last year saw rock band Wolf Alice win the prize.