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Everyone dreams of being a rock star—even Tom Hardy.
The 40-year-old actor best known for his roles in Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and Mad Max: Fury Road has now made headlines for his rap “career” in the ‘90s because his mixtape has been unearthed on the internet.
The mixtape was appropriately recorded in Hardy’s music producer’s bedroom—using nothing but a handheld tape dictaphone and an AKAI sampler to collect samples from records and VHS tapes of movies. It was called Falling On Your Arse in 1999. The then-20-year-old Hardy wrote and performed all the lyrics for the 18-track compilation under the moniker Tommy No 1.
The result is a mixtape that now sounds like a nostalgic throwback to the ‘90s. Hardy even raps over the Godfather theme song in “Wiser.”
Hardy’s rap aspirations haven’t been a secret. Back in 2011, he told BBC that he had a recording deal as a rapper with someone who managed the Fugees when he was a teenager but he turned to acting because he wasn’t “very good at rapping.”
Some Hardy fans agree it’s a blessing that he went the acting route because they think the mixtape’s horrible.
I'm glad Tom Hardy chose acting over rapping, and that's putting it lightly— Harry Crawford (@THEMOVIEGUVNOR) January 19, 2018
Tom Hardy made the right decision to take up acting rather than pursue a rap career.— Danny London (@DnyLdn) January 19, 2018
Other fans, however, love it.
Don't try talk to me for the next few days I'm just gonna listen to Tom Hardy's mixtape x— Jake Setters (@Jake_Setters) January 19, 2018
Tom Hardy's mixtape is kinda fire actually 🔥🔥— thibault la Droitte (@th_23) January 19, 2018
Ok... so the beats on this Tom Hardy mixtape GOES pic.twitter.com/ZwlqIznjqG— Lil Ash Wednesday (@AngellJaunnae) January 19, 2018
LMFAO TOM HARDY 1999 UNREALEASED RAP ALBUM THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED— demon x demon (@mcgangster420) January 19, 2018
I want to see Tom Hardy do Fire in the Booth @CharlieSloth make it happen? 😅— Chris Satta (@chrissatta_) January 19, 2018
Perhaps Hardy should add hip-hop artist to his resume, after all. Listen to the whole thing below:
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.