British Hip Hop veteran Skinnyman, who released his debut album Council Estate Of Mind seven years ago, has been jailed at the Blackfriars Crown Court for 16 months. The Leeds born, North London bred emcee was convicted of two counts of assault, witness intimidation and a breach of a non-molestation order for harassing his 31-year-old ex-girlfriend after she ended their relationship.
The 36-year-old born Alexander Holland, who had a small recurring role in the once popular Channel 4 series Dubplate Drama, was arrested and charged with threats to kill his ex-girlfriend and subsequently remanded in prison for 16 weeks. As part of his arrest, the former battle rapper was inform not to contact the victim and banned from entering the Borough of Islington for two years.
Detective Con Jose Lagares, one of the police officer involved in the case, stated: “Alexander Holland refused to accept responsibility for his actions throughout his trial. The victim, who was already under great strain, then had to testify against him in court.
“His sentence takes into consideration the amount of time he spent on remand and should send a clear message that no one is above the law. Police in Islington are committed to tackling hate crime, which encompasses harassment and domestic violence, and we will always support victims through the entire process.”
According to the police, Skinnyman began harassing the woman in June 2010 shortly after they split up and bombarded her with abusive and threatening phone calls and text messages on a daily basis.
On August 27, 2010 the rapper followed her car and attempted to drive her off the road. Failing this he attacked the car when she stopped with a hammer.
The witness intimidation charge stems from abusing and threatened the woman outside Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court when she appeared as a witness on February 3.
Skinnyman’s debut LP Council Estate Of Mind was released in 2004 via the legendary but now defunct Low Life Records and spurned a slew of underground hits, including “Love’s Gone From the Streets,” “Fuck the Hook” and “No Big Ting” which was playlisted on Radio 1′s C-list as well as arguably the LP’s biggest hit to date, “Council State of Mind” [video below]. During the first week of its release, the LP out-sold Mobb Deep‘s Amerika’s Nightmare and Shyne‘s Godfather Buried Alive, subsequently going to sell just over 20,000 copies independently.
Skinnyman was on the verge of making a come back to the scene this year with his follow up album, which at one stage was due to be called Council Estate Of Grime. The first official release from his new album was “Music Speaks Louder Than Words,” released back in April [video below].