Born Ian Rouillon in 1981, Charlie Sloth is the second child of electrician Ian senior and his wife Sharon, who says she is a black cab driver
Born Ian Rouillon in 1981, he is the second child of electrician Ian senior and his wife Sharon, who says she is a black cab driver.
His Liverpudlian parents raised him and his two sisters in council houses in north-west London.
His Wikipedia page lists his hometown as Somers Town, a tough inner-city area in Camden.
The Source Magazine described ‘Sloth’ as having grown up in ‘the closest place London has to a Ghetto’.
But records suggest that by his mid-teens he was living above a nail bar in a Camden Town council flat worth £600,000.
It was from there that he set out for stardom – becoming an MC in both the UK garage and hip hop scenes.
His profile first forged as a key member of two rap crews – Hype Squad and the Grimey Limeys.
At some point in his twenties, as he was fine tuning his rap character, Sloth changed his name on legal papers from ‘Ian’ to ‘Charlie’.
But some of his family members were still referring to the self-proclaimed ‘best-looking fat guy in the universe’ as ‘Little Ian’ on social media as recently as 2012.
In 2007 he started making his own records and created a solo Internet show called Being Charlie Sloth.
He was uploading the show weekly on YouTube and got picked up by WorldStarHipHop, a hip hop video site in the US, where it was soon averaging over a million hits a week.
Sloth would record the ups and downs of the life of an independent British rap artist while fusing documentary reportage, pranks, comedy skits and rap freestyles.
He joined BBC Radio 1Xtra in 2008. Most of career at the station was spent presenting The Rap Show on Saturday nights and his weeknight late show The 8th.
He joined BBC Radio 1Xtra in 2008. Most of career at the station was spent presenting The Rap Show on Saturday nights and his weeknight late show The 8th
In October 2018, Sloth left his BBC 1Xtra show with immediate effect after he gate-crashed the stage when Edith Bowman beat him at the Audio and Radio Industry Awards.
Following his explosive outburst, the presenter left his weekday slot weeks earlier than his pre-planned leaving date on November 8.
Bowman scooped the envy-inducing prize in the best music specialist category at the ARIAs, which Charlie had also been in the running for.
Fuming, Charlie stormed the stage, yelling: ‘Edith Bowman, f**k your life… I just wanna say BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Saturday night rap show. F**k your life. God bless.’
The DJ later confided in his 288,000 Twitter followers that he was no longer going to be doing the 10 remaining shows he had scheduled with Radio 1.
It was announced earlier that month that The Rap Show host would be leaving the station in November after nearly 10 years on Radio 1 and 1Xtra.
He wrote: ‘I’ve decided not do the remaining 10 shows on the BBC that I initially agreed. I love you all. Thank you.’
Radio 1 also confirmed Charlie’s work had been terminated with a tweet.
The official Radio 1 Press Office wrote on Twitter: ‘We have agreed with Charlie Sloth that he will not be presenting any further editions of The 8th and The Rap Show for Radio 1 and 1Xtra. New presenters will be announced for both shows in coming weeks.’
Sloth later joined Apple Music – bringing across with him his famous ‘Fire in the Booth’ series in which artists deliver a series of ‘freestyle’ raps and covers.
Alongside running his Rap Show, Sloth also curates playlists for Apple Music.
In August 2020 it was announced that Sloth had signed a deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation.