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Rat Boy (musician)

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Chelmsford, Essex, England

1996-02-21 21 February 1996 age 22 Genres
  • Indie rock
  • hip hop
Occupations Singer, songwriter, guitarist Years active 2013–present Labels
  • Parlophone
Website ratboycouk

Jordan Cardy born 21 February 1996, known by his stage name Rat Boy, is an English musician from Chelmsford, Essex Known for his distinctive blend of hip-hop with indie-rock, Cardy has been compared to other artists such as Jamie T, The Beastie Boys and The Clash Cardy and his band rose to fame in 2016 after Rat Boy won NME Magazine's Best New Artist award Rat Boy's debut album SCUM was released in August 2017 His touring band include, Liam Haygarth bass, Harry Todd guitar and Noah Booth drums


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Musical style
  • 4 Discography
    • 41 Studio albums
    • 42 EPs/Mixtapes
    • 43 Singles
  • 5 Touring members
  • 6 Awards and nominations
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Early life

Cardy was born in Chelmsford, England on 21 February 1996 He studied at Chelmer Valley High School in Chelmsford and went on to study Art at Colchester Institute Despite being dyslexic, he began writing songs in his spare time, releasing songs on SoundCloud under the name "Rat Boy", a name given to him by his school friends who claimed he looked like a rat After college Cardy was hired and subsequently fired from Wetherspoons, which provided inspiration for his first release on SoundCloud, The Mixtape


Rat Boy produced "The Mixtape", a 5 track mix on which he performed vocals, keyboard and bass, recorded in his own home He sent "The Mixtape" to various record companies and in response Drew McConnell bassist for Babyshambles arranged for Rat Boy to have a meeting with him, Cardy and his band were subsequently signed to Parlophone records in early 2015 In addition to this "The Mixtape" was featured in NME Magazine and played by radio stations including BBC Radio 1, Radio X formerly XFM and BBC Radio 6

Rat Boy was added to the BBC Sound Of 2016 Longlist, an annual poll in which over 100 Music Specialists select artists they believe will be successful within the next 12 months In December 2015, MTV released its Brand New for 2016, an annually released article and webseries containing artists to watch out for during the upcoming year Rat Boy was shortlisted along with 10 other artists including Bonkaz, Jack Garratt and Rationale He was also nominated for the Best New Artist 2016 by NME magazine, which he subsequently won, along with performing his single "Move" at the awards ceremony

In April 2017, Cardy's song "Knock Knock" was sampled on Kendrick Lamar's song "Lust", taken from his fourth studio album, Damn When he found out about the sample, he tweeted his appreciation for it

On August 11, 2017, Rat Boy released his long-awaited debut album SCUM to commercial success The album was initially released with 13 tracks, however a deluxe 25-track version was also released The deluxe version included more than 15 minutes of skits, samples and interludes, as well as an extra song Sad Sad featuring fellow indie musician Mallory Merk

In December 2017, Cardy supported Liam Gallagher on his UK solo tour

Musical style

Rat Boy's music is an amalgamation of several styles, most notably hip hop and indie rock He has cited his main musical influences as English bands The Clash and The Streets and has been compared to artists such as Jamie T and The Beastie Boys He is also a fan of Kendrick Lamar and Kasabian Cardy has a DIY approach to his art and music, generally recording and producing his own tracks at home and creating all his own album art Many of Cardy's songs consist of narratives and stories within the lyrics, as well as samples recorded of sounds and conversations from his daily life


Studio albums

  • SCUM 2017 - No15, UK Chart


  • The Mixtape 2014
  • Neighbourhood Watch 2015
  • Get Over It 2016
  • Civil Disorder 2018


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK Vinyl
"Sign On" 2015 1 Scum
"Fake ID" 4
"Move" 2016 5
"Get Over It"
"Cash in Hand" Get Over It EP
"Lovers Law" non-album single
"Revolution" 2017 Scum
"Be My Anime" 2018 Civil Disorder
MTV Brand New Best New Act Nominated
NME Awards Best New Artist Won
2017 NME Awards Best Video Rat Boy Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Self-proclaimed "loud and annoying" singer-songwriter RatBoy is bringing back nineties music" Independent UK Retrieved 7 June 2016 
  2. ^ "The Mixtape" Retrieved 7 June 2016 
  3. ^ "Bestival 2016 : Home" Archived from the original on 7 June 2016 Retrieved 7 June 2016 
  4. ^ NMECOM "BBC Sound of 2016 longlist revealed: Jack Garratt, Rat Boy and more - NMECOM" Retrieved 7 June 2016 
  5. ^ Rat Boy | MTV UK, retrieved 2017-10-17 
  6. ^ "NME Awards Voting Closed – NMECOM" NMEcom Retrieved 7 June 2016 
  7. ^ a b "Rat Boy responds to Kendrick Lamar sampling him on 'LUST'" The Independent April 15, 2017 Retrieved April 19, 2017 
  8. ^ SCUM Deluxe, 2017-08-11, retrieved 2017-10-17 
  9. ^ Davies, Hannah J 2017-08-10 "Rat Boy: Scum review – bouncy state-of-the-nation ska-pop" The Guardian ISSN 0261-3077 Retrieved 2017-10-17 
  10. ^ "Support acts announced for Liam Gallagher's UK arena tour - NME" 6 October 2017 Retrieved 24 January 2018 
  11. ^ "NME Awards 2016: Rat Boy Soundcheck" Youtube Retrieved 2016-02-21 
  12. ^ NMECOM "Rat Boy Interview: British Indie's Cheekiest New Upstart Is Busy Making A Riot Of Life's Tribulations - NMECOM" Retrieved 7 June 2016 
  13. ^ Lester, Paul 21 November 2014 "New band of the week: Rat Boy No 32" Retrieved 7 June 2016 
  14. ^ "Official Vinyl Singles Chart Top 40 - Official Charts Company" Retrieved 7 June 2016 
  15. ^ "Listen to Rat Boy's new song 'Laidback' featuring Graham Coxon" 
  16. ^ "Rat Boy has released a new EP ahead of his upcoming UK tour - Dork" 
  17. ^ NMECOM "NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas full winners list - NMECOM" Retrieved 7 June 2016 
  18. ^ "VO5 NME Awards 2017 - full winners' list" NME 2017-02-15 Retrieved 2017-03-01 

External links

  • Official Website

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