Published Aug 29, 2008English rapper Mike Skinner, who performs as the Streets, made a huge impression with his matter-of-fact lyricism on 2001s Original Pirate Music, and hasnt let up since. That will soon change with his upcoming fourth full-length, Everything Is Borrowed, which hes said many times will be his second-to-last release as the Streets.
The record, due October 7 via Vice Records, promises more blunt lyrics but this time with more live instruments. Skinner gave a statement about the album, saying:
Never one to take the same approach twice, Skinner is contemplating the impermanent nature of life this time around. Skinner has made a record to console the lonely and bring a smile to the saddest visage. Applying his homespun hip-hop sensibility to real instruments, Mike comes up with sing-along musings on such unconventional subjects as religion ("Alleged Legends"), evolution ("The Way of the Dodo"), biological destiny ("On the Edge of a Cliff") and male friendship ("The Sherry End"). From the first time people heard the Streets' Mercury Prize-nominated debut Original Pirate Material, they couldn't make their minds up whether the person making this music was black or white, from London or the Midlands, serious or a joker. Having given the world plenty of time to get acclimated, Skinner now rediscovers his old irrepressible buoyancy and takes his trademark stop-start lyrical flow to entirely new places.
The Streets "The Escapist