We all know Tom Hardy for his work on the big screen, but it turns out he has bars too! The Mad Max: Fury Road actor’s 1999 rap mixtape has resurfaced, and honestly, it’s not bad! Going by the name Tommy No 1, the album features 18 songs that are straight outta the ‘90s. Titled Falling on Your Arse in 1999, it's a collaboration with Eddie Too Tall. And though the duo only worked together on this one mixtape, it’s clear it’ll live on forever!
The whole album is available on bandcamp.com, and according to the description, it was a fledgling project. “Made in a bedroom 1999 these mixtapes were never really finished,” it reads. “Lyrics written and performed by Tom Hardy. Music written and produced by Ed Tracy.” The songs were released again earlier this month, and can now be found on iTunes, Spotify, and SoundCloud.
Producer Ed Tracy recently opened up to Complex about the music. "All the vocals were recorded on a handheld tape dictaphone. No overdubs or editing. Tom had a click track for timing but that was it, he had to get it in one take. Raw production techniques," he explained. "We used to do short video experiments back then, too, messing around with a video camera making little films. I think we inspired each other to make stuff. Back then we were offered a record deal on the basis of this album, but Tom's agent said, 'No don't do music, do acting.' Terrible advice! Look where he is now?!"
So, while we wait for the music video to drop — come on, Tom — at least we get to listen to this gem! What do you think of the tracks?