Rat Boy (musician)
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Rat Boy Musician

Rat Boy
Jordan Cardy
Rat Boy
BornChelmsford, Essex, England (1996-02-21) 21 February 1996 (age 23)
Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Labels Hellcat Records

Jordan Cardy (born 21 February 1996), known by his stage name Rat Boy, is an English musician from Chelmsford, Essex.

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,[1] 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.[1] After college Cardy was hired and subsequently fired from Wetherspoons, which provided inspiration for his first release on SoundCloud, The Mixtape.[2]


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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

In April 2017, Cardy's song "Knock Knock" was sampled on Kendrick Lamar's song "Lust", taken from his fourth studio album, Damn.[7] When he found out about the sample, he tweeted his appreciation for it.[7]

On August 11, 2017, Rat Boy released his long-awaited debut album Scum[8] to commercial success.[9] 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. The album reached 15 in the uk album chart.

In December 2017, Cardy supported Liam Gallagher on his UK solo tour.[10]

On January 25, 2019, Rat Boy released the studio album "Internationally Unknown," which was recorded in 2018. [11]

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.[12] 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.[13]


Studio albums


  • The Mixtape (2014)[14]
  • 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[15]
"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
"Laidback"[16] --
"Be My Anime"[17] 2018 -- Civil Disorder
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  • The Dumb & Confused Tour (2018)

Music videos

  • "Sign On" (2015)
  • "Fake ID" (2015)
  • "Wasteman" (2015)
  • "Move" (2016)
  • "Get Over It" (2016)
  • "Revolution" (2017)
  • "I H8 U" (2017)
  • "Laidback" (2017)
  • "Knock Knock PT II" (2018)
  • "Internationally Unknown" (2018)
  • "Chip On My Shoulder" (2018)
  • "Don't Hesitate" (2019)

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations for Rat Boy
Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
2016 BBC Sound Of 2016 Best New Act Rat Boy Nominated
MTV Brand New Best New Act Nominated
NME Awards[18] Best New Artist Won
2017 NME Awards[19] Best Video Rat Boy Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Self-proclaimed "loud and annoying" singer-songwriter RatBoy is bringing back nineties music". Independent UK. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "The Mixtape". Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Bestival 2016 : Home". Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ NME.COM. "BBC Sound of 2016 longlist revealed: Jack Garratt, Rat Boy and more - NME.COM". Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Rat Boy | MTV UK, retrieved
  6. ^ "NME Awards Voting Closed - NME.COM". NME.com. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Rat Boy responds to Kendrick Lamar sampling him on 'LUST'". The Independent. April 15, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ SCUM (Deluxe), 2017-08-11, retrieved
  9. ^ Davies, Hannah J. (2017-08-10). "Rat Boy: Scum review - bouncy state-of-the-nation ska-pop". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Support acts announced for Liam Gallagher's UK arena tour - NME". 6 October 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ http://epitaph.com/artists/rat-boy/release/internationally-unknown
  12. ^ "NME Awards 2016: Rat Boy Soundcheck". Youtube. Retrieved .
  13. ^ NME.COM. "Rat Boy Interview: British Indie's Cheekiest New Upstart Is Busy Making A Riot Of Life's Tribulations - NME.COM". Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ Lester, Paul (21 November 2014). "New band of the week: Rat Boy (No 32)". Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ "Official Vinyl Singles Chart Top 40 - Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ "Listen to Rat Boy's new song 'Laidback' featuring Graham Coxon".
  17. ^ "Rat Boy has released a new EP ahead of his upcoming UK tour - Dork".
  18. ^ NME.COM. "NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas full winners list - NME.COM". Retrieved 2016.
  19. ^ "VO5 NME Awards 2017 - full winners' list". NME. 2017-02-15. Retrieved .

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