Alex Holland (a.k.a. Skinnyman)

Alex Holland (a.k.a. Skinnyman)

Originating from Leeds, Skinny moved to North London when he was 5. Finding a melting pot of cultures suddenly on his doorstep Skinny took to the streets, immersing himself primarily in the musical culture of reggae and dancehall whilst at home loving the soulful sounds coming from his mum's record player. 

A natural talent for running his mouth off (later to be known as rapping), SkinnyMan soon built up a reputation for being a talented lyricist. As he progressed through open mic battles as a youth he consistently won titles around London, after becoming a founding member of The Bury Crew, Skinnyman left the fold to start up the now infamous Mud Family with Mongo and Chester P. Over the years they built up a reputation for being one of the best Hip Hop crews in England whether on vinyl, on stage freestyling or battling other MCs. During this period the Mud Fam expanded with new members joining and Chester P branching off to form the Taskforce with his brother Farma G.

Skinny eventually signed a deal with Talkin' Loud and completed a handful of album tracks whilst at the label. However, before the album was finished Skinny was sent to jail for 9 months for distribution of marijuana. Whilst he was inside Talkin Loud was shut down by its parent company, freeing SkinnyMan from his contract and leaving him to develop his album at Self Destruct Music upon his release.

The album, 'Council Estate of Mind' was finally released on Low Life Records to both critical and commercial acclaim.

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