Rat Boy (musician)
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Rat Boy Musician

Rat Boy
Jordan Cardy
Rat Boy

Chelmsford, Essex, England

(1996-02-21) 21 February 1996 (age 22)
Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Website ratboy.co.uk

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.

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


Studio albums

  • SCUM (2017) - No.15, UK Chart


  • The Mixtape (2014)[11]
  • 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[12]
"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"[13] --
"Be My Anime"[14] 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)

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[15] Best New Artist Won
2017 NME Awards[16] Best Video Rat Boy Nominated


External links

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Music Scenes