Tom Hardy's fire mixtape from the 90s has been released and it's actually pretty great
Tom Hardy can do no wrong in the eyes of many. The veritable heart-throb, and talented actor, has been gracing our screens for a number of years now; and his talent shines through in films such as Bronson and The Revenant as well as a series of more commercial ventures including Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dark Knight Rises. However, in recent years, Hardy has become better known for his eccentricities. Whether he's stepping in to save abandoned puppies who had been left for dead or embracing his old, embarrassing MySpace photos, he's truly become one of the more endearing celebrities out there.
And as it turns out, he's also a pretty good musician to boot.
While Tom Hardy has been nominated for and won several awards since his debut in 2001's Band of Brothers, it appears that there's one category in which he's been sorely overlooked: his musical skills.
An 18-track album, titled Falling On Your Arse in 1999, has just been discovered in the recesses of the internet and it's a collaboration between Hardy and DJ Eddie Too Tall, who is also known as Ed Tracy - a BAFTA award-winning television writer and director. For the album, Tom used the moniker, Tommy No 1.
A Reddit user who goes by the screen-name, edwardtracey, provided a link to the album on BandCamp earlier today, and so far people seem to be impressed by Tom Hardy's musical venture. One person wrote, "Holy f**k the beats on this thing are incredible," while another added, "Damn this is dope so far. Real jazzy beat and some aggressive cockney bars."
The duo certainly seems to have some chemistry between them. They've sampled audio from notable films such as The Godfather, and all the songs are clearly influenced by the creators' love of jazz. Tom Hardy (or Tommy No 1) then goes on to speak some truths about growing up and life in the 1990's.
But once you do some digging, you'll find that Tom Hardy has always been musically inclined. Before we came to know him as Heathcliff or Charles Bronson, he was good enough to score a recording deal when he was a teenager.
On his burgeoning musical career, Hardy said, "I started out rapping when I was 14 or 15. Because I come from a nice middle-class neighbourhood it was a very hard sell. And I wasn't very good!"
"I used to be with the guy who managed Leela James and Lauren Hill, Pras, the Fugees and all that. I worked out with [Grammy winning producers] Warren Riker and Gordon Williams. I've recorded loads of stuff but it's never been released.
"I've got albums, man. My best friend Peanut, he grew up in the south Bronx. He's a very good MC and we still play. It'll come out in a film one day, it'll come out in a character somewhere."
Well, there you have it. Tom Hardy has somehow gotten even more perfect.