Offering consolation when British males needed it the most, Dry Your Eyes found The Streets spearheading emotional vulnerability in hip-hop.
From pioneering grime cuts to unlikely emotive ballads, the best The Streets songs gave UK hip-hop the identity it had long been in search of.
The best Notorious B.I.G. songs threw down the gauntlet for all rappers to follow, while ensuring Biggie’s status as Brooklyn’s finest.
Damon Albarn’s cartoon collective scored a massive hit with their second album, ‘Demon Days’ – though its pop hooks hid a dark underbelly.
With his debut album, ‘Return Of The Mack’, Mark Morrison brought a UK swagger to the US-dominated hip-hop and R&B scenes.
In the wake of huge success, ‘The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living’ found The Streets’ Mike Skinner tackling the corrosive effects of fame.
Combining unheard material with guest appearances, The Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Duets: The Final Chapter’ was not a typical posthumous album.
A perfect mix of storytelling and songwriting, The Streets’ ‘Fit But You Know It’ draws you into Mike Skinner’s world with wit and emotion.
With a natural wit and ear for everyday language, Birmingham MC Mike Skinner, aka The Streets, has been the voice of real-life Britain for two decades.
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