Charlie Sloth

Charlie Rouillon (born 20 August 1981),[1] known professionally as Charlie Sloth, is a British DJ, producer and TV presenter.

Charlie Sloth
Birth nameCharlie Rouillon[1]
Born (1981-08-20) 20 August 1981 (age 39)[1]
OriginCamden, London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
LabelsGrimey Limey
Associated acts
Websitecharliesloth.com

CareerEdit

Sloth came to notability in 2007 after he won Most Original Video at the CraveFest Awards Canada for music video "Guided Tour of Camden".[2]

Most of Sloth's career as a radio DJ has been spent on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, presenting The Rap Show on Saturday nights[3] and his weeknight late show The 8th. He was previously a presenter on the weekday drivetime show on BBC Radio 1Xtra.[4]

His trademark freestyle brand, Fire in the Booth, has been described as a "...a real mark of prestige in the scene, especially for newcomers" with MCs from grime and hip-hop coming into the studio to perform.[3] Akala, Avelino, Devlin, Professor Green, K Koke, Lowkey, Mic Righteous, Bugzy Malone, Big Narstie, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32, Drake, Big Shaq, Migos and others have performed on Fire in the Booth.[3] Canadian rapper Drake's appearance was "...four or five years in the making", with Sloth noting in 2018 that it was one of his favourite moments of the show.[5]

2007Edit

Sloth created a weekly online video series Being Charlie Sloth, which was picked up by WorldStarHipHop.com. The show ran for 59 episodes.[6]

2008–2019Edit

In 2008, Sloth won Best Rap/Hip-Hop/R&B Unsigned Artist at the CraveFest awards in Canada.[7] He released Hard Being Good in the same year.[8]

Sloth presented the daily drivetime show on BBC Radio 1Xtra from September 2012[9] until November 2017

On 6 November 2017, Sloth began presenting a new late-night show, The 8th, which was simulcast on Radio 1 and 1Xtra from Monday to Thursday from 9 until 11 pm.[10] The show was notable for its post-watershed language and content. Uniquely for Radio 1, swearing, and childish graphic sexual conversations were routinely a part of the programme, seen by station bosses as a way of attracting younger listeners.[citation needed]

Apple MusicEdit

On 3 October 2018, Sloth announced he would be leaving BBC 1Xtra, with his last planned show being on 3 November. This was however cut short on 20 October when Radio 1 "agreed with Charlie" that he would not be completing his remaining 10 shows.[11][12] This followed Charlie Sloth controversially "storming the stage" at the Audio and Productions Awards show on 18 October.[13] On 14 January 2019, Sloth announced via Instagram that he will be joining Apple Music and Beats 1 and will be bringing Fire In The Booth over. He also hosts the Rap Show and curates playlists for Apple Music.[14][15][16][17]

Roc NationEdit

In August 2020 it was announced that Sloth had signed a deal with Jay Z's Roc Nation. The deal is a partnership which sees Roc Nation look after all of his assets on a worldwide deal.[18]

Political viewsEdit

In November 2019, along with 34 other musicians, Sloth signed a letter endorsing the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the 2019 UK general election with a call to end austerity.[19][20]

Early lifeEdit

He was raised in the London Borough of Camden and attended Haverstock School. [21] He is an avid supporter of Liverpool F.C.[22]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

MixtapesEdit

  • The Big Boot (2004)
  • Secret Society (2006)
  • Hard Being Good (2008)
  • The Black Book (2010)
  • Hood Heat Vol. 1 (2014)[24]
  • Hood Heat Vol. 2 (2015)[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "LAND BEYOND FESTIVALS LTD". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Companies House. Archived from the original on 15 April 2019. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. ^ Chartattack: Cravefest awards, 21 September 2007 Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c Gibbins, Paul (1 March 2016). "Which MC Recorded the Greatest 'Fire in the Booth'?". Noisey. Vice. Archived from the original on 23 October 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Charlie Sloth gets new late night entertainment show on Radio 1 and 1Xtra". Newsbeat. 5 October 2017. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Charlie Sloth leaving Radio 1 and 1Xtra immediately". 20 October 2018. Archived from the original on 8 April 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Being Charlie Sloth #34 - Need More Hour In A Day (Life of an Independent British Rap Artist)". Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  7. ^ "CraveFest 2008 Music Video Award Winners!". cravefest.com. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008.
  8. ^ Administrator. "- Charlie Sloth - Hard Being Good [Audio]". britishhiphop.co.uk. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  9. ^ Sweney, Mark (25 May 2012). "Tim Westwood 'sacked' from Radio 1Xtra drivetime show". the Guardian. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Charlie Sloth gets new late night entertainment show on Radio 1 and 1Xtra". Newsbeat. 5 October 2017. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Charlie Sloth to leave BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra". BBC News. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 April 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Charlie Sloth leaves the BBC early after stage rant". 20 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Charlie Sloth on Instagram: "Im soooo GASSED to announce that I'm taking #FireInTheBooth and my Rap show to @beats1official and @applemusic. Listen every week starting…"". Instagram. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  15. ^ Lovejoy, Ben (4 October 2018). "BBC's leading hip-hop DJ Charlie Sloth joins Apple Music, following in Zane Lowe's footsteps". 9to5Mac. Archived from the original on 15 January 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Charlie Sloth joins Apple's Beats 1 radio station". 14 January 2019. Archived from the original on 15 January 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 January 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ Roc Nation signs British hip-hop DJ Charlie Sloth musicbusinessworldwide.com
  19. ^ "Musicians backing Jeremy Corbyn's Labour". The Guardian. 25 November 2019. Archived from the original on 25 November 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  20. ^ Gayle, Damien (25 November 2019). "Stormzy backs Labour in election with call to end austerity". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 25 November 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  21. ^ "Review music: Bring Charlie Sloth | Web show | Haverstock school pupil | hip-hop". www.thecnj.com. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  22. ^ "Premier League predictions: Do these Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJs know their football?". BBC Sport. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  23. ^ "The Plug by Charlie Sloth on Apple Music". iTunes Store (GB). Archived from the original on 25 November 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  24. ^ a b c Powell, Jon (21 August 2017). "Stream Charlie Sloth's Debut Album 'The Plug'". Respect. Archived from the original on 21 October 2018. Retrieved 22 August 2017.

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