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Mind Over Matter: Skinnyman, Jaz Kahina, Big Scoop + Open Mic


The Fiddler's Elbow

1 Malden Rd. NW5 3HS London

Gig Description

                Mind Over Matter: Skinnyman, Jaz Kahina, Big Scoop + Open Mic at The Fiddler's Elbow promotional image

Our final event of the year will be headlined by none other than UK Hip Hop Legend Skinnyman!

If you're a fan of UK Hip Hop this man needs no introduction.

From MUD Family to battling Eminem to Council Estate of Mind and everything inbetween.

Battle Rapper and Poet 'Big Scoop' & well known face on the UK Hip Hop scene Jaz Kahina are also headlining along with the usual open mic!

We hope you can make it for our final event of the year and our last ever event at The Fiddlers Elbow before we move to our new Camden home in 2020.




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.

Thanks to his distinctive voice, Skinny easily progressed through open mic battles and consistently won titles around London. After becoming a founding member of The Bury Crew, in the early 90”s skinnyman moved on to establish by himself the seminal Mud Family alongside Mongo and Chester P with whom he released lots of EPs. These included the underground hits “Itchy Town” and “Lash Suttin”, a reworking of Redman”s “Smash Something”. One of the best Hip Hop crews in England whether on vinyl, on stage freestyling or battling other MCs, the Mud Fam expanded with new members joining and Chester P splitting to form Task Force with his brother Farma G.

Since the classic 'Council Estate of Mind' was released, skinnyman has received considerable attention from UK hip hop radio and press, had the opportunity to work with grime artists such as Wiley and Shystie and supported The Streets at Brixton Academy. He even won in a rapping contest in London”s Subterranea against Eminem.


Jaz Kahina is a well known member of the Hip Hop community and has released a string of underground hits, the first of which reached number 2 in the UK Amazon Hip-Hop charts. She has since received support and critical acclaim from platforms such as MTV UK, Radio 1Xtra, Brapp TV and Jump Off TV.

In the last year, Jaz Kahina has reased 3 singles, all with strong visuals, and two of which are from her debut EP "School Run". School Run is a solo project intended to showcase her ability as a skilled and versatile rapper across the board, including her content, lyricism, beat-selection, style and mood. Listeners can be expected to hear boom-bap, grime and trap from a list of heavy-weight producers including; Nutty P, DJ LoK, Micall Parknsun, Beat Butcha and Danny Wolf (US) - there are no filler tracks on this release!

"There's an aggression and a rawness to Jaz Kahina's delivery that sets this apart not just from any other British rappers but all rappers in general." - MTV


Scoop, also known as big scoop is a wordsmith hailing from south london.

He made his name in the battle rap scence where he gained notarietry from his hard hitting punchlines and clever wordplay.

He's been on the spoken word scence for five months and his skills have transferred very well.

Open Mic Rules

Limited amount of slots available on a first come first served basis.

Sign up on arrival from 6:30pm.

One piece or a maximum of three minutes please, so as many people as possible have the chance to share.

Please arrive early to avoid disappointment!


Source: The Fiddler's Elbow website