The Streets

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The Streets (aka Mike Skinner, born 27.11.1978)

Mike Skinner is known by his stage name The Streets and is a rapper from Birmingham. He rose to fame with the release of his Mercury Music Prize-nominated debut album Original Pirate Material.

The Streets: Childhood

Mike Skinner's love of music began at a young age, when he started playing keyboards and when he was a teenager, he formed a small recording studio in his bedroom. He made garage and hip-hop music with a group of friends. Since the age of seven, Skinner has suffered from epilepsy.

Mike Skinner attended Bournville School and then Sutton Coldfield College.

The Streets: Music Career

In 2000, Locked On released 'Has It Come To This'. The label had previously had success with a track by The Artful Dodger, featuring Craig David. 'Has It Come To This?' received a great deal of radio airplay and broke the UK Top 20.

The single was soon followed with the release of the album Original Pirate Material. The album was a huge success both with the public and with music critics. The album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize but The Streets lost out to Ms Dynamite. All of the singles from the album ('Don't Mug Yourself', 'Weak Become Heroes', Let's Push Things Forward') reached the UK Top 40.

The Streets' second album was entitled A Grand Don't Come For Free. The debut single from the album, 'Fit But You Know It' was released in May 2004 and reached number four in the UK singles chart. An MC remix of the track features Lady Sovereign, Kano and Tinchy Stryder. The album was a concept album about a man that loses £1,000, starts a relationship, goes on holiday, breaks up the relationship and finds the cash again. The second single, 'Dry Your Eyes' went straight to number one in the UK.

In 2006, The Streets' third album, The Hardest Way To Make A Living was released in 2006. The subject of the album focused on dealing with the problems of fame. The first single from the album, 'When You Wasn't Famous' reached number eight. Its follow-up, which is dedicated to his father, was entitled 'Never Went To Church' and uses the same chord sequence of 'Let It Be' by The Beatles. In June of that year, Mike Skinner appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman to promote the album.

Everything is Borrowed was released in 2008. Skinner decided to keep the tone of the album uplifting. The Streets made a live appearance at London's Roundhouse for the 2008 Electric Proms.

In late 2008, Mike Skinner announced that the fifth album from The Streets would be entitled Computers and Blues but would not be released until 2010. He also stated that it would be his last under The Streets moniker.

The following year, Skinner began posting free songs for his fans to download, via the Twitter website.

The Streets' live band consists of Kevin Mark Trail as his hype man, Wayne Vibes, Johnny Drum Machine and Chris Brown. Former bassist Morgan Nicholls left The Streets to focus on playing a variety of instruments for Muse's live band.

Mike Skinner and Ed Mayhem present an online blog / music show called Beat Stevie (to sound like Beats TV). The episodes are often aired on Channel 4's late night 4Music slot.

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The Streets - Everything is Borrowed

3rd September 2008 -

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Everything is Borrowed video from The Streets. As well as being the title of the next Streets album 'Everything Is Borrowed' is also the title of the first single released on September 29th 2008. The...

The Streets - The Escapist

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The Escapist video from The Streets.Mike Skinner has returned! Fully equipped with a new album titled 'Everything Is Borrowed' - released on September 19th, and the first single of the same name will be released...

The Streets, Prangin Out (featuring Pete Doherty), Video Stream,

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The Streets Prangin Out (featuring Pete Doherty)Video StreamSingle released 25th September on 679 Recordings If Mike Skinner's third album 'The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living' was a fragile and knowing reflection of the...

The Streets, Never Went To Church, Video Stream

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The Streets Never Went To ChurchVideo StreamReleased: June 5th on 679 Recordings "Lyrically it's arguably the greatest song he has ever written" – Sunday Times CultureMike Skinner's third album "The Hardest Way To Make An...

The Streets - Support from Sway

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The StreetsSupport from SwayManchester Apollo 27/04/2006 "I go by the name of Sway and I represent the whole of the UK."This is the virtue extolled by the hip/hop duo Sway, who immediately with their caustic...

The Streets - The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living

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The StreetsThe Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living679Album ReviewOh dear. Oh dear, oh dear. It is hard to communicate just how hard this album sucks. Mike Skinner ably demonstrates why journalists should hold on...

The Streets, Jodie Marsh stars in remix video

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The StreetsJodie Marsh stars in remix videoMike Skinner returns with his first single since The Streets' number one album 'A Grand Don't Come For Free', with a sure sign that his life hasn't got much...

The Streets, When You Wasnt Famous, Video Stream

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The StreetsWhen You Wasnt FamousVideo StreamMike Skinner returns with his first single since The Streets' number one album 'A Grand Don't Come For Free', with a sure sign that his life hasn't got much easier....

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