Mike Skinner has resurrected The Streets and is gearing up for the July release of new collaborative mixtape, None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive.
To keep fans hyped, the Birmingham-born rapper has teamed with Vice’s music offshoot Noisey for a 17-minute doco about the creation of the mixtape.
‘My name is Mike Skinner and I did a thing called The Streets,’ he says during the opening voiceover. ‘Then I didn’t. Then I awoke from my slumber and brought The Streets back.’
The doco is a great insight into Skinner’s recording process and his take on the music industry, legacy, second jobs, and his appreciation for hip-hop. And many of his mixtape collaborators show up: Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker talks over Skype about missing phone calls and Gangstarr, British rapper Slowthai impresses with his speed for writing lyrics, and London artist Jimothy Lacoste shows up at Skinner’s makeshift boat studio. The doco also shows Skinner talking YouTube comments with Ms Bank, hangovers with Hak Baker, and 50 Cent’s mixtapes with Donae’o.
None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive is Skinner’s first full-length release since 2011s Computers & Blues. Having returned to touring in 2018, The Streets have released a live album, two remix and B-side compilations, and a slew of new singles, with the Kevin Parker assisted ‘Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing nothing Better’ the best of the bunch.
None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive drops July 10.