Skinnyman + Fliptrix
Friday 15th November
Tickets £12.50 | Doors 19:30
20 years ago at Subterania, Eminem performed his first ever London show, and Skinnyman infamously battled him on stage.
20 years later the UK hip-hop legend is back for a very special headline of his own, with High Focus head honcho Fliptrix in tow.
Skinnyman’s only LP is considered a UK hip-hop masterpiece.
It’s not so hard to argue that both Hayden and the album it’s from – Skinnyman’s sole album, 2004’s Council Estate of Mind – are timeless. Even on release the album was a work more out of time than of its time – this was a crossover UK hip-hop record released when first wave grime at its peak. While it set out to capture contemporary Britain, the LP’s tracks are glued together by interludes sampled from Alan Clarke’s 1982 TV play Made in Britain. Though Skinnyman couldn’t fully identify with Tim Roth’s delinquent thug Trevor, he could recognise the world of juvenile detention centres and borstals, even specific places such as Hatchmere House.
“We all felt like somehow we’d been betrayed by the system but we couldn’t quite pinpoint it.”
Plus very special guest Fliptrix:
Managing director of High Focus Records, one quarter of The Four Owls and a solo career with stadium sized ambitions – capturing his own blend of boistrus UK influenced boom bap.