15 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The music on Skinnyman’s 2004 full-length debut is often laidback, veering between jazzy ambience, bluesy piano and grimier beats. Yet the Leeds-born rapper’s flow is always ferocious, whether he’s drawing attention to disadvantaged council estate kids or the recording industry’s resistance to his music. It’s to his credit that he renders both with equal vividness, combining his own observations ("Smashed syringes/Squatters’ doors hanging off the hinges") with a raft of apt pop-culture references, from Nas to Cheech & Chong.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The music on Skinnyman’s 2004 full-length debut is often laidback, veering between jazzy ambience, bluesy piano and grimier beats. Yet the Leeds-born rapper’s flow is always ferocious, whether he’s drawing attention to disadvantaged council estate kids or the recording industry’s resistance to his music. It’s to his credit that he renders both with equal vividness, combining his own observations ("Smashed syringes/Squatters’ doors hanging off the hinges") with a raft of apt pop-culture references, from Nas to Cheech & Chong.

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