Tonight's Masterpiece was The 2002 album 'Original Pirate Material' from The Streets. A full story, from start to finish, 'Original Pirate Material' was a statement on modern-day British youth: PlayStations, take aways...and then some.
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Mike Skinner and this album literally opened the gates for the British urban scene as we know it today. Ask Dizzee Rascal, Plan B and Chipmunk.
Dizzee Rascal: "...He made poetry over music not boring..."
Plan B: "I think he just captured the vibe back then..."
Chipmunk: "The Streets - what did they mean to me? Special, different, unique..."
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We had an awesome reaction tonight. Check some of the most popular words from the text in a wordle
Plus, here's some of the twitter and facebook highlights:
"Mike Skinner = poet of our generation."
"You have made my day and life so much better by recognizing The Streets as a Masterpiece."
"Really important to hear something like the streets on national radio in its full uncensored entirety.... Great listen"
"The Streets can't remember a better two hours of radio. Big up Zane Lowe and team you have taken me back to some good times ;0) love it!!"
"Great album, from start to finish, listened to it the other day and it just blew me away"
"Poetic anthems, Mr. skinner is awesome.. One of the best albums they did. The weak become the heroes, true classic!!"
"Amazing album. in my opinion the best one skinner has recorded. Such meaning in every tune"