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.
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