The Streets rapper Mike Skinner has received news that his new video ‘Blinded By The Light’ has been banned from telly because of its shocking sex, drugs and violence content. “Mike wanted the song to be as realistic a depiction of drug-taking as possible,” a source explained. “The video is explicit but what he writes about isn’t fluffy, head-in-the-clouds nonsense. He writes about life as he knows it. It might not be suitable to watch after your dinner on a Friday night but making the video any other way would not have been a fair reflection of what he wants to say.” Read more.
The Streets rapper Mike Skinner is being lined up to star in a new movie that celebrates youth culture in Britain today. Others tapped to appear include Jentina and Dizzee Rascal. “This is hopefully going to be the film that sums up life as a young person in Britain today,” a movie insider explained. It will be talked about in years to come. Mike was the first person thought of for the role and the offer is currently with his management. They are very keen to get involved in the project.” Read more.
Mike Skinner aka The Streets blew up at a doorman at the posh Carlton Hotel in France prior to a headlining gig at the Palais des Festivales in Cannes on Wednesday. Skinner and his posse were told “Non, Monsieur” by the doorman when trying to enter the hotel’s bar for some drinks. “Everyone’s mood changed – Skinner had a right go at the bouncers,” a spy revealed. “He was effing and blinding at them, saying things like ‘I’m one of the festival’s main acts let me in’ – but they wouldn’t budge.”
This week’s UK singles chart shows Mike Skinner of The Streets top the list debuting with ‘Dry Your Eyes’, which edged out the Shapeshifters hit ‘Lola’s Theme’ and former S Club star Rachel Stevens with ‘Some Girls’, each dropping one slot. J-Kwon’s ‘Tipsy’ held at #4, while Usher’s ‘Burn’ slipped two spots to #5.
Mike Skinner from The Streets joined Radio 1’s Jo Whiley for a chat on Wednesday (July 21). Asked about getting nominated for the Mercury Prize, Skinner said, “Don’t bet on me winning ’cause I’m not going to the ceremony! It’s a bit a whirlwind at the moment and I stay in defensive mode, in my own little world, but it’s a great award and I’m very proud to be nominated again. I want The Zutons to win it!” bbc.co.uk/radio1 has since removed the audio.
Mike Skinner of The Streets visited Radio 1 to deny claims he lifted a string sample from his new single ‘Dry Your Eyes’ from Michael Galliano without permission. “Well, it’s a couple of years ago I started that beat and it’s on a sample CD. You buy sample CDs and you pay for the copyright,” he told Jo Whiley. “You pay a lot of money for the CD and you’re buying the copyright. Anyone that buys that CD can use that riff.”
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.
Dan Aquilante of the New York Post reviewed The Streets, aka Mike Skinner’s Irving Plaza showcase on Tuesday (June 30) supporting his album ‘A Grand Don’t Come for Free’. Aquilante writes, “In the tight environs of Irving, this concert totally worked for Skinner. The fans were on his side and his energy was powerful enough to carry the performance over its shortcomings. But if Skinner is going to graduate to more cavernous halls here in the States where he can’t get as up-close as he did at Irving, he’s going to have to sharpen his stagecraft and learn to rap in the Queen’s English.”
Rap acts on television this week include MC Young Rome, who appears on ‘Total Request Live’ on Monday; the Streets, aka Mike Skinner, who performs on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn’ on Monday; Method Man and Redman, who promote their new show ‘Method and Red’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Monday and ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ on Tuesday; the Beastie Boys, who perform on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Tuesday; N.E.R.D., who perform on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Tuesday; Jadakiss, who performs on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Wednesday and ‘106 and Park’ on Thursday; Lloyd Banks, who appears on ‘106 and Park’ on Thursday; and Ludacris and Shawnna, who appear on ‘106 and Park’ on Friday.