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The Streets

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There are two artists with this name:
1. A British rapper
2. A Finnish rock band

1. Mike Skinner (born November 27, 1978), more commonly known by his stage name The Streets, is a rapper from Birmingham, England. He was born in Barnet in North London and that’s where his accent, sometimes called ‘Mockney’ by the press, comes from. You can hear his actual accent on the start of ‘Fake Streets Hats’ from his album The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living recorded in 2006. He moved to Birmingham shortly after he was born and is a Birmingham City fan. He has suffered from epilepsy since he was five.

He signed a five album record deal in 2002, and has fulfilled his contract by releasing five albums: Original Pirate Material (2002), All Got Our Runnin’s (2003), A Grand Don’t Come for Free (2004), The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living (2006), Everything Is Borrowed (2008) and Computers and Blues (2011).

When playing live, Skinner is joined by Kevin Mark Trail on backing vocals, Johnny Drum Machine on drums, Wayne Fibes on guitar and bass, Chris Brown on keyboards and Magic Mike on samplers.

In January 2011, Skinner’s management announced that Skinner will no longer perform as The Streets.
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2. The Streets was a band originated from Turku, Finland in the early 1980’s. Their most known song is Kestääkö siivet from the album Kestääkö siivet (1980), which is also featured on the soundtrack of Mika Kaurismäki’s film Arvottomat (The Worhless) 1982.

The Streets were:

Asmo Kärkkäinen, guitar
Jouni Hemberg, lead vocals
Kari Laihonen, keyboard

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  • FerAnchus

    This music is so fun

    7 Mar 12:14am Reply
  • MaKsIFcHa

    Кокни

    27 Jan 5:00pm Reply
  • Loginquitas

    Aye what the fuck happened to him anyway.

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • sooophiaow

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • elesde86

    i miss Mike Skinner...:/

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • alliedbakeries

    I slept on the streets last night. Fortunately, Mike Skinner is surprisingly comfy.

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Tom_7

    Ah, Mike <3

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    @Madcapism I think he meant mainstream wise. Most UK so called rap is pop rap like N-Dubz or Tini.

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Madcapism

    "He is the only UK rapper who didn't change that much and didn't make corny auto-tune/dubstep/electro music." Must not know much about UK hiphop then.

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Somoff

    The future is not evil The future is not fish and it's simple, it's efficient

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • pixielandjazz

    homemade bongs using my engineering degree

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • naqti

    brummies ftw, one of not many worthy things made in this city

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • MyNamesLewis_

    Still one of the best UK rappers/artists. He is the only UK rapper who didn't change that much and didn't make corny auto-tune/dubstep/electro music. Look at Professor Green, Example and Dizzee Rascal - they are all corny now, making shitty club songs for teenagers. Skinner is not like that. [2] couldnt have said it better myself

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • lecube

    I will never understand the critical hate for "Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living". Its no less awesome than the two albums than preceded it.

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • smlinarcik

    He sounds like a Dalek on War of the Sexes when he exclaims "That is not going to happen!"

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • brunogramacho

    dry your eyes, mate

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • yogibear520

    We need the streets back please! [2]

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • bobolson

    I love this guy and how unlike most of the uk rappers, he doesnt take himself seriously at all

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • elesde86

    We need the streets back please!

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • no-thanks

    Does anyone know the story behind Computers & Blues? There was a promo version that leaked way before the final one that was infinitely better because that awful dude from The Music or whatever wasn't anywhere near it, and Trust Me was a lot longer, as it deserves to be. People rave about Computers and Blues like it was all they expected out of Mike's goodbye record but I just can't figure out why when it had so much more potential.

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
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