Wednesday, April 27, 2005

I Still Mean What I Mean

The Streets - Streets Score (Vocal Mix)

If you're looking for self-deprecation in your rap you're either on some fringe-y Sage Francis or Atmosphere tip, listening to Kanye figure out if he can assume the figure of progressive community-leading role model with Gucci flip-flops on or waiting for those 30 seconds in "You're Not Me" when the Clipse realize they're as morally toxic as the shit they push. The comfort music soundtrack to your insecurity complex is likelier located in some Death Cab for Cutie album.

Now Mike Skinner never made any excessive claims to realness, but that doesn't make "I'm a fake" any less of a striking way to begin a verse. I don't think it's excessive to cast this pretty, musically understated self-diss (a Pirate Material-era b-side btw) as brave from a guy whose marketing gimmick consists of characterizing himself as the everylad (Maxim doesn't like losers either, remember). Over a spare drum pattern and strings that move slower and gentler than the ones in "Turn the Page", Mike assures us that he's "not the genuine article", just the lead in the Logic Audio-generated movie in his head. The detail-obsessed confessional mode is the default Streets schtick, but this is the sound of the inbetween to the inbetween - a  touchingly honest (or honest-sounding, and if there's a difference then that's what this song's about) surrender of hype.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep em coming

11:15 PM  
Blogger jermaine noble said...

i will... tho commentary on a level other than 'MORE MUSIC PLZ' would be nice! (no offense, anon).

11:19 PM  
Blogger jermaine noble said...

by "You're Not Me" i mean "I'M NOT YOU"

11:40 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Hot track, thanks mayne.

Like you said, Skinner never really made any grand claims to living street, so this track kinda comes out of leftfield... I always took his albums as straight fiction, not necessarily even inspired by things in his life, but maybe stuff he'd heard or seen... anyway...

Stay up.

4:46 PM  
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