Sunday, March 4, 2012

Skinnyman - Council Estate of Mind (2004)

Seminal UK hip hop from Skinnyman. This LP was put out in 2004 by the now sadly defunct Low Life records who gave a platform to a host of incredible acts. The roster included the likes of Braintax (co-founder of the label), Lewis Parker, Jehst, Task Force, Yungun, Klashnekoff, Rodney P... god there were loads of sick artists.

Below is the title track off this album below which is an amazing tune. His lyricism is socially conscious, speaking of marginalised communities and lives lived on the edges. Eight years down the line and in the current economic climate it's even more relevant.

P.S. I've also just read that Skinnyman's currently serving a 16month jail sentence for assaulting a woman he used to have a relationship with. I don't know the details, but that's just horrible. I guess that's just another reminder of why we shouldn't elevate people who speak for great ideals. We're all humans with failings.

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