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.
Mike Skinner and Murkage Dave present the Tonga EP. The project was born out of the club night run by the duo in London, and celebrates a successful year of the rap, grime and dubstep event. The artist behind the name are Skinner, Dave, Gaika, Oscar#worldpeace, Klepto and DJ Smith.
Tonga Balloon Gang is a stormer of an opening track. The refrain from Skinner is classic, and is a welcome reminder of his unrelenting talent. The energetic, wobbly bass and deep snares along with memorable, hyped lyrics in the verses. It's a great introduction to the vibe displayed on the Tonga EP, which is a great continuation and evolution of Skinner's legacy.
Big Narstie's appearance is pretty good too. Over a slow moving, textured instrumental which features some dope change-ups (it starts with some cheap brass synth sounds, and closes with emotive, stirring piano chords), Narstie displays his passionate writing, along with some witty punchlines such as "I am as straight as a ruler, I do not bend" and "I move more food than Waitrose". Big Narstie's charisma has always been a great draw to his music, and it is displayed in full on this cut.
Continue reading: Mike Skinner & Murkage Dave - Tonga EP Review
Professor Green has reportedly been shopping his autobiography around different publishing houses.
Professor Green wants to release his autobiography.
The 'Read All About It' rapper - whose real name is Stephen Manderson - has been sending 900-word teasers to publishers he hopes would want to take on the rights to his life story and is confident his ''inspirational'' tale would be a best-seller.
A source told The Sun newspaper: ''Stephen's story isn't the same as most celebrities -- he had a tough childhood. It could be really inspirational.''
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Will Forte - Filming on location the comedy movie 'Squirrels to the Nuts' - New York City, NY, United States - Wednesday 31st July 2013
British rapper Mike Skinner is already regretting returning to the spotlight with new band The D.O.T. just weeks after heading out on tour.
Skinner announced he was retiring his hit group The Streets last year (11) after its fifth album Computers and Blues, and there was speculation he would move into acting after the Dry Your Eyes hitmakers' farewell concerts.
He stunned fans weeks later when it emerged he was working with former The Music frontman Robert Harvey on a new musical project titled The D.O.T. - but Skinner is already suffering the strain after taking his new act on the road for a string of dates throughout October and November (12).
Continue reading: Mike Skinner Rues Live Return
After years of speculation, Mike Skinner has revealed that the crack-smoking pop singer from one of his songs was not actually Rachel Stevens.
Mike Skinner, the British rapper and member of UK hip-hop band The Streets, has finally revealed that the drug-taking pop star he once dated was not the speculated singer Rachel Stevens. The squeaky-clean S Club 7 singer has had a somewhat tarnished name since 2006, when Skinner sang about a crack cocaine-smoking singer - originally thought to be Stevens.
Related: S Club 7 Are To Reunite!
The Streets released the single 'When You Weren't Famous' in 2006, explaining Skinner's relationship with an unnamed celebrity, which he went on to deny was Rachel Stevens. While other celebrities have been suggested, Skinner had finally tried to put to bed rumours of the Steven's involvement.
Continue reading: Mike Skinner Reveals That Rachel Stevens Was Not His 'Drug-Taking Lover'
The former The Streets star hit headlines on Monday (19Mar12) when he suggested Albarn should stop rocking out onstage because his act "just doesn't work" anymore now he is in his forties.
Skinner has now reached out to his fans to explain he loves Albarn's music but is disappointed the star acted "like a t*t" during Blur's performance at the Brit Awards in February (12).
In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "I didn't say Damon Albarn should quit music. I was saying he looked a bit silly pogoing about on the Brits. As much as Damon acts like a t*t, I can't hold a candle to his musical achievements."
Continue reading: Mike Skinner Clears Up Damon Albarn Remarks
British rapper Mike Skinner did a double take when hunting down the bus stop pictured on the cover of The Streets' breakthrough album after finding it's no longer there.
The hip-hop star recently went looking for the landmark in Birmingham, England while shooting a promo video for his upcoming book, The Story Of The Streets.
Skinner posed at the old-fashioned bus stop for the cover of The Streets' most famous album A Grand Don't Come for Free, but he was shocked to find it had been replaced by a more modern shelter.
In a post on his blog, he writes, "Nobody told me they put a new bus stop in place of the one on the cover of grand don't come for free. should have done a google maps to check before jumping on the train to birmingham..."
Continue reading: Mike Skinner's The Streets Bus Stop Replaced
British musician Mike Skinner is to reveal all about his former act The Streets in a new book.
The rapper shot to fame in the U.K. in 2002 with the release of The Streets' debut album Original Pirate Material, and he brought the curtain down on the band after releasing Computers and Blues earlier last year (11).
His final live bow as The Streets was in November (11), and he has been working on a memoir, entitled The Story of The Streets, with writer Ben Thompson ever since.
The 352-page tome will detail The Streets' rise to fame and how the act affected the British music scene.
Continue reading: Mike Skinner Releasing The Story Of The Streets
Rapper MIKE SKINNER felt compelled to open up about his battle with chronic fatigue syndrome to raise awareness of the condition.
The Streets star took time out of the spotlight in 2008 as he battled the symptoms of the condition, and wrote a track, Trying To Kill M.E., to document his fight with the debilitating disorder.
He's hoping by going public with his health problems, he'll make his fans more aware of the common complaint.
Skinner tells Britain's The Sun, "People don't understand it and they don't even trust it. It's important to mention it so gradually we can all realise that it's not just depression. That's what people tend to think.
Continue reading: Skinner Hopes To Raise Awareness Of Fatigue Syndrome
Rapper MIKE SKINNER is relieved his record contract is coming to a close - because walking away from a major label is like "ending a long prison stretch".
The star shot to fame in 2002 with the release of The Streets' debut album Original Pirate Material and he has just released his fifth and final record, Computers and Blues.
Skinner recently admitted he would have happily ended his deal with Warners in 2006 but legal reasons prevented him from doing so - and he's ecstatic his commitment to the record label is almost over.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "It's like ending a long prison stretch. I'm leaving in 11 weeks, when my contract ends. I'll be given my belongings and met at the gates by my criminal friends and we'll go out and re-offend within days. I'm not going to do The Streets any more, I'm never going to be able to better this album. And that's a great feeling.
Continue reading: Skinner: 'Record Deal Was Like Prison Stretch'