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It's a common problem among artists who are also working-class social critics: if they become successful, it's increasingly difficult to go back to the well when everything they've used for material changes drastically — friends and lovers, home life, work life, and social life. The wallflower who could study his subjects for hours suddenly lacks for good material when he's the center of attention. Apparently, success has spoiled Mike Skinner. Instead of attempting the charade of being a working-class chronicle, he's moved on to the types of problems that come with celebrity, including trashed hotel rooms ("I make these crap rap rhythms to pay the hotel bills that fund my passion"), isolation and loneliness ("I got nothing in my life away from the studio"), fake Streets hats ("Fake Streets Hats"), and the other vagaries of fame ("Camera phones — how the hell am I supposed to be able to do a line in front of complete strangers, when I know they've all got cameras?"). So, are these Skinner's sincere reflections on his surroundings and an artistic statement he's proud of, or are they the result of a parodic persona he's assumed, with its requisite shroud of satire? That's a difficult question (despite Skinner's own assurances that he's sincere), primarily because of all the cynicism, paranoia, misanthropy, and betrayal on this record. Humility has been replaced by arrogance, reflection by anger, and humor by sullenness. The production has changed little from the last record — hard-hitting, synth-based productions with minimalist melodies and tough, clanging percussion, except for the occasional piano-based ballad. Skinner's lyrics are striking and distinctive as before, but it's difficult to believe this is the same artist who confronted a stereotypical lager lout named Terry on his first album, a track titled "The Irony of It All." The irony here is that Skinner sounds more like the lout. [The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living is also available in a clean version.]

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God! Some people are stupid!

So, the British can't rap, Skinner is not a rapper because he wears a striped shirt (Jay-Z wears striped shirts!) and blah blah xenophobic ignorant blah! What you people need to realise is that this man is a GENIUS! He has the ability to take a snap shot of life and create a story around it that most can relate to (Not to mention the insane Garage beats). Most that is except for those who are unable to see outside of the ridiculously small minded scene that is US Rap culture. Just because you don't GET it, doesn't mean it isn't good! Ok, so Skinner's flow ain't great, but he will be the first to admit that, he's not Rakim, but he IS one of the greatest story telling song writers EVER. OPEN your eyes, fools! (Oh, and yes, I'm English, maybe THAT explains why I can see beyond what MTV, XXL or commercial radio DICTATES I should listen to! And one last thing... It's not Hip Hop, Rap, Pop or Rock. It's GARAGE!!!)

The Streets are here for good

British rapper Mike Skinner (the main voice of The Streets) is back again with another masterpiece. He's a pure rap god for the pure fact that he can get you to believe any and every word that comes out of his mouth. You follow him on a journey through his issues with every record. Whether the subject is drugs, partying, lonliness, or a broken t.v. (most of the plot of "A Grand Don't Come for Free"). He just has his way of spitting mad rhymes while at the same time, telling an intelligent and interesting (and sometimes hilarious) story. Definately check this band out.

Growing up on the Streets

Mike Skinner - from "Original Pirate Material" to "A Grand Don't Come For Free" to this, his great new album "The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living" - continues to experiment with unique beats and clever, often hillarious lyrics. A hard artist to categorize (is it Hip Hop? Pop? House?), the Streets never fails to be a total original.


Nacido/a: Birmingham, England, 27 de noviembre de 1978

Género: Pop

Años de actividad: '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...
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The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living (Bonus Tracks), The Streets
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