Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Original Pirate Material by The Streets, download iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Original Pirate Material

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.

iTunes Review

British rapper Mike Skinner's debut album is a snapshot of UK lad culture during the early '00s. Over innovative, grimy electronic beats, Skinner's spoken-word misadventures see him hopping public transportation, swaggering around the pub, and ending his nights with a mix of impending violence and greasy 3 a.m. takeout grub. Check his cheeky Brummie brogue coming to the fore on the skanking "Let's Push Things Forward," while the squelch-funk of "Too Much Brandy" provides the perfect backdrop for his tipsy witticisms.

Customer Reviews

modern day classic

If you want to get to know THE STREETS, this is the album. It really is a master piece, a modern day classic in its own right. Every track different, every song and lyric perfected. Its raw, its edgy, and it is a sound ALL of its own. And that is why Mike Skinner is a genius.

Entertainment Weekly's Album of the Year for 2002

The word classic gets thrown around for every two-bit wag nowadays, sadly. "Original Pirate Material" truly IS a classic album. Entertainment Weekly named it their album of the year in 2002 (it was released in the UK long before 2004). Rolling Stone, Spin Magazine, The New York Times, Blender, USA Today and the LA Times all nominated it as one of the albums of the year, as well.

A Shot from the Dark

In 2002 "Pirate Material" dropped seemingly out of nowhere. It is easily one of the best albums of the early 21st century, but an independent release with little fanfare didn't help sell copies. Now that the Streets has become a household name in England, it's time to revisit Mike Skinner's fearless first album. "Turn the Page" reveals the lad's vulnerability but also showcases his gift for metaphor. Nearly all the tracks are excellent and interesting, but strung together they create something truly special. Skinner's ability to find words for everyday peoples' problems is remarkable. He's a rabble rouser, an intellectual, an amateur philosopher, and a big-hearted youth. Like his second album "A Grand Don't Come For Free," "Pirate Material" is a showcase for Skinner's narrative style. The Streets has been my favorite artist since I picked up this album, and it rewards like few others do upon further listening.


Born: November 27, 1978 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Mike Skinner's recordings as the Streets marked the first attempt to add a degree of social commentary to Britain's party-hearty garage/2-step (and later grime) movement. Skinner, a Birmingham native who later ventured to the capital, was an outsider in the garage scene, though his initial recordings appeared on Locked On, the premiere source for speed garage and, later, 2-step from 1998 to the end of the millennium. He spent time growing up in North London as well as Birmingham, and listened first...
Full Bio
Original Pirate Material, The Streets
View in iTunes

Customer Ratings

Influenced by This Artist