Mike Skinner of The Streets has been accused of lifting the tune for new ballad ‘Dry Your Eyes’ by songwriter Michael Gagliano, who claims the score has been swiped from ‘Yesterday And Today Pt1’, a track he wrote last year and released under the name ‘Epic’. “‘Dry Your Eyes’ came on the radio one day and I couldn’t believe it,” Gagliano tells The Sun. “I pointed at the radio and said: ‘That’s my song’. There’s absolutely no doubt about it — listen to both and you can see exactly where he’s got the tune from. The only thing is, he hasn’t contacted me, given me any credit — or offered to give me any royalties.” Read more.
The Glasgow Daily Record reports Mike Skinner says he may collaborate with Outkast. The Streets rapper said, “Outkast’s Andre 3000 left a message for me but I was up to my ears in stuff at the time and I’d want to take any collaboration between us seriously. I also got Coldplay’s Chris Martin to sing on the new album but his record company wouldn’t allow it in the end.”
Mike Skinner of The Streets almost broke his back making the video for his new single ‘Fit But You Know It’. He tells The Sun: “We were filming around a pool and basically I was showing off. The director asked me to do my shot so I dashed over but all the tiles were really wet. So I slipped and landed flat on my back, cracking it. I winded myself so badly I couldn’t move. The video crew were terrified. They were all looking around like, ‘God! We’re gonna have to go back now without the video’.”
Yoshi Kato of the Contra Costa Times reviewed The Streets show March 14th at Bimbo’s in San Francisco. Kato writes, “The strongest songs of the night were when The Streets were in dance music mode, with the trio stretching out on longer passages and Skinner and his MC/vocalist sidekick Kevin Mark Trail acting as omniscient Chorus figures. It was reminiscent of Tricky’s contributions on the first Massive Attack album or Maxi Jazz’s work with Faithless, in the sense that solid instrumental arrangements played against deft vocal presentations.”
Phil Sutcliffe of the Los Angeles Times profiled UK hip hop acts The Streets (aka Mike Skinner) and Ms Dynamite. Skinner says, “My earliest memory is rap music — listening to my brothers’ Beastie Boys and Run-DMC albums and trying to make my own hip-hop tracks on a very cheap computer/tape recorder in my bedroom. The rhymes were like, ‘I had a cat, it was fat, I wore a hat.’ But I always knew I was going to be doing this.”
MuchMusic spoke to Mike Skinner of The Streets in Los Angeles, where he was eager to share his philosophical take on the impending conflict with Iraq. “I think it’s quite dangerous to have an opinion on this now,” said Skinner. “Just because America’s the most powerful nation and their foreign policy’s sh**ty doesn’t mean that every other powerful nation in history wasn’t like that anyway. The Romans were just as bad and we were pretty crappy really, weren’t we?” Asked about Tony Blair’s role, Skinner said, ” I think he just made a decision at the start that he can’t back out of. After 9-11 and all that he just made a decision to stand by the Americans and I think he thought England would do really well out of that. But we certainly pissed the Germans off.”
Maureen Ryan of Metromix reviewed The Streets aka Mike Skinner’s show at Metro on Monday night. Ryan writes, “Skinner’s lyrics have more wit and wisdom than those of your average ‘pass the Courvoisier’ emcee, and with a top-flight band backing him, his music finally had the musical depth it deserved. ‘Original Pirate Material’s’ homemade sound helped create a feeling of morning-after intimacy, but Skinner was wise to perform live with real musicians rather than rap over an impersonal backing track.”
Philip Sherburne of San Francisco Weekly chatted with England rapper Mike Skinner of the Streets. Being a white hip hop artist, he invariably gets asked about Eminem comparisons. Skinner says, “I don’t think I am [like him], really. I just think it’s that I’m quite lairy [rowdy] and I speak my mind. Eminem’s the other person who does that people would know about.” Sherbune says “the comparison makes no sense,” explaining that, “Instead of hotheaded hooliganism, Skinner offers cool pacifism.”
MTV News spoke with Mike Skinner, a.k.a. The Streets, who is the hottest and virtually only British rapper, and is set to drop ‘Original Pirate Material’ in the U.S. on October 8th. Skinner says he doesn’t expect to win over American audiences with his club-conscious rhymes, and that’s ok with him. “In America they have this [negative] association in their mind with dance music or the rave culture,” he said. “But it’s been our street culture for 15 years. I’ve made a record in England for English people. One day they phoned me up and said, ‘Do you fancy going to New York and talking about yourself and getting free trainers?’ So, I can’t understand why anyone in America would want to get into it. Americans are insular — they don’t need to go outside America for anything. They’re not ready for it.” Read more.