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FFO: Mike Skinner and The Streets | Devlin | Jamie T
Born Alex Holland in Leeds, Skinnyman is one of the few British emcees that needs almost no introduction.
Moving as a kid to Finsbury Park, North London, Skinny found a melting pot of cultures suddenly on his doorstep and immersed himself in the musical culture of reggae and dancehall. Highly influenced by Leroy, Chas and fast tongue-talking Papa San, he was introduced to rap at a very early age. While watching the first rappers such as Electro Ascension, Wiggy Wiggy, Grandmaster, Melle Mel and Furious Five, he immediately realized he had been built for that.
Every time I talk about where I come from / It ends up sounding like a love song / I know it sounds like I'm coming on a touch strong / But my home is always where I got my buzzfrom.
Franko Fraize is a rapper from Thetford who writes spiky, surging tracks about his hometown. But it could be any British town within a train ride of London that he's writing about. At the heart of these anthems are the strength of spirit in decaying towns, of the pride people have of their home, of the drive to make themselves better when it would be much easier to sit on their arse. Franko Fraize has spent the past couple of years climbing a ladder of his own making. And when the songs captivate and connect as his do, the next natural step is a big breakthrough.