TOM HARDY ON HIS MUSIC:
"Rapping and writing poetry is something I have always done, it is an opportunity to have my own show and my own experiences, strength and hopes. Sentiments described in my own words, like therapy or a workings out journal, that has kept me company in the darkest of times - always writes, always draws this kid. Once I had a record deal when I was like thirteen, but it sucked. They wanted me to be a pretty boy singydancy act with straight teeth and come all nice and clean. I was like ‘No, you keep the publishing rights, one day I’ll write some more’.
“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”.
Photo by Sarah Dunn 2002