Tom Hardy's 1999 Rap Mixtape Has Surfaced. And It Actually Slaps

Lawrence Kim
January 19, 2018

Well, no longer. Some enterprising online fans have obtained and uploaded Hardy's 199 mixtape Falling on Your Arse, which was produced by TV director Ed Tracy.

When playing a character in a film, actor Tom Hardy often speaks in a sort of weird, garbled voice.

The album is available in its entirety for Hardy's fans to enjoy at BandCamp.com, with a note that it was "made in a bedroom 1999" and that the tracks "were never really finished".

The 18-track mixtape was titled Falling on Your Arse in 1999. Hardy once told BBC that he started rapping at 14 or 15 and even scored a recording deal before he switched to acting (which he's also good at).

The mixtape's lyrics were all written by Hardy himself, who took on the stage name of Tommy No. 1, and the 18-track project features typical late-1990s hip-hop production with heavy drums and tonnes of classic samples, with one track seeing the actor rap over the Godfather theme. "But who knows? Maybe I'll have an album when I'm 80".

The 40-year-old told Newsbeat that it never really worked out because - in his words - he wasn't very good.

'We always said we'd do a Vegas tour as a joke.

"I used to be with the guy who managed Leela James and Lauryn Hill, Pras, the Fugees and all that". "I've got albums, man", he said at the time.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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