The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come for Free (2004)
Recently, friends were raving about Macklemore’s Thrift Shop. The praise: great hook, unique delivery, refreshing change of pace with the lyrics.
Similar conversations about The Streets were probably happening nine years ago. This was an era of hip/hop chart domination by the likes of 50 Cent or Snoop Dogg. Or 50 Cent + Snoop Dogg when they combined for a duet.
Now there’s a chance I’m wrong, but I don’t recall many 50 Cent &/or Snoop Dogg tracks about:
– returning a DVD
– a struggle to find decent cell phone reception
– misplacing £1000 & considering this a substantial amount of money, worth attempting to recover!
That was probably part of the relatable appeal (and the continued appeal) of The Streets.
The hooks are catchy as anything (see Fit But You Know It), his meter is unlike any other artist (even if the tuning isn’t always accurate, it’s at least distinctive), and the lyrics could not be more incongruous with the typical genre subject matter.