Song of the Day: The Streets

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

One of the great polarizers in pop music, The Streets is unique, brash, garrish, grating and like nothing else you hear anywhere else, in any genre. I find these things wonderful, and I think Mike Skinner is one of the few geniuses to emerge in the last decade of hip-hop. Kind of like a white, British Clipse.

Through four albums, including the new one out this week, Skinner details the minutia of everyday life -- something most rappers won't touch -- with a wit most rappers never developed. Heart-warming and set to a fantastic beat, this track delves into thoughts of mortality that the emcee developed more fully on his previous release, A Grand Don't Come for Free. As always, the song is infused with his street-speak rhyme style and great guest vocals, here responsible for the pensive yet song-along chorus.