Who is Big Narstie?
Tyrone Lindo is a popular English grime MC artist known for his YouTube videos and his successful musical endeavours. Known more popularly by his stage name Big Narstie, he kick-started his grime career officially with the formation of the group N*double*A. Ever since he has gone solo, he has been far more successful. His professional career started with a contract he signed with Dice Records, which enabled him to enter into successful collaborations with Coldplay, the band. That collaboration resulted in the song ‘Brushman’ which turned out to be the very first attempt from Narstie to receive a humongous response from the listeners and eventually ended up winning RWD magazine’s ‘Song of the year award’. Another reason for his constantly increasing popularity was that he never shied away from making collaborations with either budding or settled artists such as Ed Sheeran, Professor Green, P Money and JME. This paved way for Narstie to release his mixtapes and solo albums later in his career and hence, he became one of the richest English grime artists of contemporary times. Apart from music, Big Narstie has also been known to have an impeccable sense of humour which, other than making his online vines successful, bagged him some roles in Sitcoms and films.
Childhood & Early Life
Born at Lambeth, London, UK, on 16th November 1985, Big Narstie was brought up in his birth place and attended Stock Well Park High school. He was a music enthusiast since the very beginning and had a great sense of humour, making him a popular kid in the school and family.
As a kid, he wanted to be in the army and says that he thought that men in uniform are ‘cool’. But due to him being overweight and his inability to shed those extra pounds kept him from actually trying to join the armed forces, for which he became depressed for a brief period of time. The defining moment for him came when he witnessed the positive vibe around him when he heard a song ‘Pay As you Go’ playing in a nightclub and just like that, his fate was sealed.
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Dice Records, a small time independent record label saw Big Narstie’s work while working for N-double-A and signed him on in 2006. Sampling Coldplay there, Narstie began gaining immense publicity thanks to his unique talent as a grime artist. Multiple mainstream radio channels played his music and contributed to his popularity further. His track ‘Brushman’ came out to be a massive hit and RWD magazine recognized it as the ‘song of the year’.
Big Narstie then went on to feature on several records, which includes ‘Before I die Remix’ by Professor Green and ‘N Dubz vs NAA’ by N-Dubz, which proved to be the most successful single from their debut album titled ‘Uncle B’. Narstie continued further and ended up with releasing three mix tapes ‘Mind of a Fat Guy’, ‘Drugs and Chicken’ and ‘I’m Betta than You’, the songs from these mixtapes featured artists like Giggs, Wretch 32 and Scorcher.
In 2012, Narstie released two mix CDs back to back titled ‘Pain Overload’ and ‘Pain is Love’, the latter one was made available for free download through SB.TV. The same year, Narstie came up with his debut extended play titled ‘#Pain’ and won the Urban Music Award for the Best Grime Artist beating the likes of Skepta and Dot Rotten, which was an achievement considering it was his debut effort. The EP also debuted on the number 5 in the iTunes UK Hip Hop chart and put Narstie among the league of masters in the grime MC arena.
In 2013, Narstie announced his second EP titled ‘Dont fuck up the base’ and the launch party for the same was attended by some prolific artists like Flirta D, Mic Righteous, Scrufizzer, Kozzie and DJ's
DJ Cameo, Charlie Sloth, DJ Logan Sama. EP ‘Big Narstie’ turned out to be the best selling Grime album in 2013 and Narstie went about getting more offers to work with bigger music artists.
Narstie got the chance to perform at some prestigious festivals around Europe such as The Wireless Festival, A Day In Dam with English Frank and Black The Ripper, the Hip Hop Kemp Festival in Czech Republic and The Outlook Festival in Croatia. 2013 proved to be a great year for Narstie as he also won UMA 2013 Best Grime Act Award for a second time in a row.
Towards the end of 2013, he released another successful EP titled ‘Hello Hi’ along with a fellow artist True Tiger. Noisey named Narstie the Name of 2013 and he went on to ‘reviewing the year’ for the Fact Magazine. In early 2014, Narstie released ‘What’s the Story Brixton Glory pt 2’, in which he covered musicians such as Oasis.
The year 2014 ended with Narstie embarking on a UK tour in the Base Defence League Tour along with a number of other talented artists. He collaborated in 2015 with Craig David’s ‘When the Baseline Drops’ , the song later entered the top 10 in UK charts and was later certified gold, perfectly exhibiting its success story.
Narstie has taken breaks from making music to feature in sitcoms such as ‘Dubplate Drama’, where he acted alongside fellow musicians N
Dubz and Shystie. He will also be seen in the popular series ‘Krish and Lee’ soon. Apart from TV, his film credits as an actor includes ‘Anuvahood’ and ‘London State of Mind’ along with an upcoming project titled ‘Rise of Foot Soldier 2’.
However, what brought him additional fame, second to his musical endeavours, is the online video series going by the name ‘Uncle Pain’. It is based on ‘Agony Aunt’ series and Narstie’s performance on it has made ‘Uncle Pain’ one of the most popular web series in UK.
Most of what Big Narstie does in private time is kept under the covers. His dating history is largely unknown and he mentions that even though he is a public figure, he prefers not sharing every little and big moments of his personal life to millions. His social media accounts are also quite ‘covered’.
As of May 2017, Big Narstie’s net worth is estimated to be around 2.1 million UK pounds.