A Grand Don't Come For Free





Though Mike Skinner is not too keen on calling it so, A Grand Don't Come For Free is a concept album. Where the Streets' debut saw main man Mike Skinner tackle topics of video games, smoking weed and picking up chicks on a track-by-track basis, Grand features a continuously flowing narrative not bound by track numbers. From "It Was Supposed To Be So Easy," the album opener, to "Empty Cans," the album's last song, Skinner gives a descriptive day-in-the-life look into his world. An incredibly ambitious undertaking, the album can best be absorbed by giving it your full attention and really taking the time to listen to the story unfold. At the same time however, A Grand Don't Come For Free can just as easily be enjoyed for its driving beats and infectious melodies, all the things that made people fall in love with Skinner the first time around. Though a new crop of UK MCs have made the journey Stateside since the release of Original Pirate Material, A Grand Don't Come For Free proves that the guy who paved the way for all the others is still head and shoulders above the rest.

The Streets
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