The Streets

Born 1980.

Mike Skinner

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The Streets at Reading Festival 2011 - Highlights

Mike Skinner and The Streets take to the festival stage for the final time at Reading Festival 2011.

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The Streets were an English hip hop and UK garage project from Birmingham, England, led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mike Skinner.

The project has released five studio albums: Original Pirate Material (2002), A Grand Don't Come for Free (2004), The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living (2006), Everything Is Borrowed (2008), Computers and Blues (2011), an internet-only album Cyberspace and Reds (2011) and a string of successful singles in the mid-2000s, including "Has It Come to This?", "Dry Your Eyes", "When You Wasn't Famous" and "Prangin' Out".

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Computers and Blues

    Computers and Blues 2011

    Reviewed by Lou Thomas
    Mike Skinner’s final album might just be his very best.
  2. Review of Everything Is Borrowed

    Everything Is Borrowed 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Long
    He may yet turn out to be 21st century Britain's very own Gil Scott-Heron.
  3. Review of The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living

    The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living 2006

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...honesty is still the best policy in the fight against mediocrity.
  4. Review of A Grand Don't Come For Free

    A Grand Don't Come For Free 2004

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...two albums in, genre freaks still won't be able to decide where to file him.
  5. Review of Original Pirate Material

    Original Pirate Material

    Reviewed by Christian Hopwood
    Stunning debut from The Streets aka Mike Skinner. Hip hop, drum and bass garage, house...
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