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Jeff Werner

Designer in Vancouver, Canada. Secretary of the 221A Artist Run Centre, member of Fieldwork design collective, and former exhibit designer at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and the Vancouver Aquarium. Graduate of Emily Carr and University of Victoria, and worked in the Philippines, Indonesia and the Netherlands. Cycling advocate and race on the Garneau Evolution team.

Music, October 15, 2004 1:58 AM 0 comments

Streets: A Grand Don't Come For Free

I relate well to white rappers. I really liked the debut Streets (Mike Skinner) release and at first I was a little uncomfortable with his latest release, A Grand Don't Come For Free. It sounded, well, like a draft work for a final product, less pumped and fat (well, except maybe "Twat" and "Fit"), more stilted, slow, burnt. But it's simple 11-track narrative concept--about a guy who losses his savings, accuses his roommates of taking it, starts spiralling out of control--is actually compelling. The music is always simple, but that down-tempo thundering brass loop on the opening track just sucks me in and I always stay around till the end. Part of it is just digging and deciphering the slang. And where I go from loving MC Paul Barman's rapid fire alliteration, Skinner's slow-paced Brit slang is so evenly spaced, I enjoy ticking along with it. It feels like an honest album, ambitious even, having a concept hip hop album.

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