UKHH round-up: Skinnyman tries to kill woman, goes to prison
I think I’ve touched on this briefly before, but there’s always a sense that listening to British rap music is a lot like supporting a lower league football team: you know what you’re a fan of is of an objectionably lower quality that what you could find elsewhere but fuck it, if you can’t support local talent then what can you do. Plus there is a lot of physical similarity between British rappers and League Two footballers, what with the intoxicating mix of malnourished white guys with Tippex skin and fat black dudes with meatheads and bodies the girth of a Glastonbury tent.
Anyway, Skinnyman was always one of the better British rappers and somehow managed to fluke his way into an album that sold copies on a scale that got him recognised by broadsheets and the indie press back in 04/05 with “Council Estate of Mind.” It’s good, approaching great on occasion, and it’s always weird to hear someone who was at heart a battle rapper manage to do an album that isn’t 12 novelty tracks in a row.
Wondering what had happened to Skinnyman? Well, he’s just gone down for 16 months for threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend after smashing her car in with a hammer. S0 n0t gangsta. It’s wrong to look for humour in what is undoubtedly a depressing situation, but the way the judge’s summary says that “no one is above the law,” as if it was fucking Kanye in the dock, is vaguely chucklesome.
Anyway, will his old Dubplate Drama co-stars Dappy, Tulisa and the other one visit him now he’s locked up? Let’s pester them repeatedly over Twitter with that question until we get sent down as well.