By Aura McMenamin
Tom Hardy is known for being one of the biggest stars in the UK, but a recent discovery of nearly 20-year-old mixtape gives us a little insight into what could have been his glittering rap career.
The London-born movie star has starred as a hard-man character in a string of hits and well-received films such as Bronson (2008) Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Mad Max (2015) and Dunkirk (2017), among others.
However, it seems like Tom Hardy (40) was a bit of a hard man before he found fame and had a little-known rap career before hitting the silver screen.
Discovery of Tom Hardy's rap mixtape
Earlier this month, Tom Hardy’s rap mixtape was unearthed, Falling on your A*** in 1999, when Hardy was known as Tommy No 1.
An 18-track mixtape was uploaded to music distribution website Bandcamp on January 8 by Eddie Tracy, aka Eddie Too Tall, Hardy’s musical collaborator who wrote and produced the music.
Relying heavily on sampling, the rap mixtape is a real 90s gem. With lyrics such as “I like to go out all the night/For a drink, I like to fight”, we get a real insight into Hardy’s life at the turn of the millennium.
You can listen to Falling on your A*** from Tom Hardy’s rap mixtape, dating back all the way to 1999 here.