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Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
2002 debut is enhanced with the videos of 'Weak Become Heroes' and 'Let's Push Things Forward'. The album is nominated for this year's Mercury Prize, alongside luminaries David Bowie and Doves and was certified Gold in ... more »
2002 debut is enhanced with the videos of 'Weak Become Heroes' and 'Let's Push Things Forward'. The album is nominated for this year's Mercury Prize, alongside luminaries David Bowie and Doves and was certified Gold in the UK. Vice.
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Barry P. from PLUMAS LAKE, CA
Reviewed on 4/16/2007...
Someone should grab this cd - great, minimal British Hip-Hop.
You're listening to the Streets
Kurt Lennon | Calgary | 08/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Don't listen to the righteous hip-hop "martyrs" who claim this album is a droll monotone Brit rhyming over a bedrock of crappy Casio beats. It's those close-minded fans who have stagnated hip-hop into the bling-bling and b*tches joke that it is today. Hip-hop was never supposed to be exclusive to anyone: whoever could tell a story had every right to. Go through a list of rappers selling albums today and 90% of them are an absolute joke.
It's about time a breath of fresh air came from ANYwhere in the world, even if its from the United Kingdom, which has been entertaining garage and hip-hop for years behind the US's back. Mike Skinner, producer-writer-rapper extraordinaire behind the Streets, has crafted an album many rappers would kill to call their own: at 48 minutes long, it doesn't overstay its welcome; it's free of filler and worthless skits; and it actually says something. In between smart stories about everyday life for burned-out British kids wasting life on Playstation and in "greasy spoon cafetarias" are sharp social commentaries on the irony of legal alcohol and illegal weed, and the hopelessness of the drug culture many kids fall victim to.Turn the Page: apocalyptic, his statement of intent. A+
Has it Come to This?: devastating description of his surroundings. A banging track. A+
Let's Push Thing's Forward: a call of arms for originality to slay "pop formulas". Ska-influenced. A
Sharp Darts: a little bragadoccio. B
Same Old Thing: bangs like a couple of prom night. A
Geezers Need Excitment: a strange beat, great story of hoping to see fights in bars. A-
It's Too Late: a love lament, inspired. A
Too Much Brandy: been drinking again? A-
Don't Mug Yourself: no, that girl doesn't like you, stop being so whipped. A
Who Got the Funk?: "Just a groove" B
The Irony of it All: the aforementioned "fight" between Terry the drunk and Tim the pothead. Funny, yet sharp. A
Weak Become Heroes: the absolute best lyric about the drug culture, set to a dying beat. A+
Who Dares Wins: good title, but only 30 seconds long. B
Stay Positive: the second best lyric, encouraging a friend struggling with a heroin addiction. Jaw-dropping finale. A+Tell me some duschbag like Fabolous or Ludacris or any of those dime-a-dozen rappers could craft something so insightful. In terms of capturing a particular moment in a generation, the Streets' album does it the best. A supreme achievement."
English Rap? An Oxymoron?
mattyp4 | New York, NY United States | 11/01/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I heard so much about The Streets (Mike Skinner) before their album landed on American shores. I usually don't buy into hype.... okay, I do. So I naturally went out & bought this as soon as I saw the cheap domestic price. Maybe it was the price, or the excellent album cover (evokes modern northern English working class perfectly), but there's something about this album that I took a liking to immediately.
The music itself is awesome. I can't relate to a lot of things Mike Skinner raps about, but it's clearly 100% pathos. I know a lot of American rap is honest, raw, confessional, etc, but musically, I don't find it very original. For starters, most mainstream American rap songs these days consist of sampled hits of the 70's or 80's, usually sung by a female, with a male rapping over the verses. Hardly original. (I know that is a gross generalization & that there is plenty of good rap out there, but the format is all similar). The Streets' lyrics are brutally honest-- mostly the life of a young working class bloke from Birmingham-- without a sampled retro melody to be found. I love Skinner's cocky pseudo-philosophy sung in his thick Cockney accent. It's priceless. And totally fresh. He's not irate, sexist, & hostile like a lot of American rappers (again with the generaliztions, I know).
But as stated earlier, the music is what makes this album great. For starters, it's music. Simply put. Like, strings, organs, trumpets & everything. It's not just a paltry beat box or anything. I'd actually classify it as chill-out/electronica music as oppose to rap.
Most of The Streets' listeners are hipster fans of Britpop & the indie music scene, but I'm waiting for it to catch on amongst American rap fans. Again, it's not the rap Americans are used to hearing, but if it were, I'd be happy."