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Slowthai returns with new single 'ENEMY', fans love the banger and are calling it his 'best song yet'

Slowthai stepped away from the spotlight after the NME Awards 2020 left him embarrassed
Slowthai (Getty Images)
Slowthai (Getty Images)

It looks like Slowthai might have some surprises in store for fans during the coronavirus lockdown. Following a tease on social media, the Northampton MC released a new track titled 'ENEMY' on May 10.

The new song follows a period of silence from the rapper after he received criticism for his interaction with co-host Katherine Ryan at the NME Awards 2020 in February, which escalated to what he later called "a point of shameful actions on my part", according to NME. The British rapper became rather flirtatious with Katherine Ryan and passed lewd comments at the comedian, who was co-hosting the event, and the crowd wasn't very agreeable of the interaction. He left the ceremony early after his altercation with an audience member who accused him of misogyny when he accepted the fan-voted 'Hero Of The Year Award'.

Slowthai issued an apology to Ryan the next day on Twitter, saying, “NME please forward my award to Katherine Ryan, for she is the hero of the year. What started as a joke between us escalated to a point of shameful actions on my part." He added, "I want to unreservedly apologise, there is no excuse and I am sorry. I am not a hero."

Slowthai revealed to fans in March that he is "staying in, getting healthy and getting my mind right. love you all be back soon with new new (sic)."

It looks like the "new new" from the star may have begun with 'ENEMY'. The track is his first piece of new music since the release of his debut studio album ‘Nothing Great About Britain’, which released in 2019, although, he has collaborated with other artists including Gorillaz, Mura Masa, Denzel Curry, Headie One and Fred Again.

'ENEMY' opens with a sample of Matty Healy of The 1975 speaking at the NME Awards 2020. He says, "Everyone, send your thoughts to Slowthai. F**k knows where he is but god bless the boy." A female voice later adds, “Slowthai, you have officially been cancelled. C**t."

Fans on Twitter were thrilled to hear the new music which several called "a banger", "good s**t," "Blowupsong" and "sickkkkkk." 

"IT’S F***ING FIRE I LOVE YOU," says a fan while another wrote, "THAT WAS THE BEST TWO MINUTES AND TWENTY EIGHT SECONDS OF MY LIFE." One fan said, "Your best song yet." One fan called Slowthai "fire king" while another said, "Slowthai the greatest".