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February 08, 2011  | by: Angela Raiford

Mike Skinner has ended his influential musical project "The Streets"

Mike Skinner seems to have officially laid his pseudonym, The Streets, to rest after five albums. The latest (or maybe last) post on his blog is simply titled, ***closed***, followed by a photo depicted a closed signed in front of a window frame. It was already noted in an in-depth article with The Guardian on January 2 of this year, but he seems to have now permanently ‘closed the book’ on his project.

Yesterday, in a video Skinner stated not only that it was over but that he would be leaving his last written track, ‘Close the Book’, in reference to the first one he ever wrote for The Streets, ‘Turn the Page’, open for download.  In what seems to be a somewhat abrupt closure to the namesake, Skinner sat down in an interview with The Guardian (where he is currently doing a Music Takeover) to elaborate his decision.

At 32, Mike Skinner is responsible for influencing the movement of British rap onto other musical genres and celebrities such as Lily Allen. He has had a variety of successful tracks over the decade including ‘Dry Your Eyes’, ‘Fit But You Know It’ and ‘When You Wasn’t Famous’. He makes no doubts that The Streets weren’t a great thing, just that he “should have moved on a long time ago.”

“As uninteresting as the Streets is to talk about, the most interesting element of anything is its death, so if you’re going to talk about the Streets, ending the Streets is probably a good thing to talk about. But it’s not interesting really. I haven’t really got anything more to do.”

The last album, Computers and Blues, out now in the UK

Not too mention The Streets five album deal is now complete, which leaves Skinner free to fully explore creative outlets beyond that name. Skinner has had such an undertaking with the project, even producing, writing and mixing every single bit himself, that it might be good to lose his stage name and reach into other sides of his character.

Besides a potential farewell tour and book on his life story, Skinner has been working on a low-budget but extensive film with a few friends and collaborators. Recently he spoke with BBC News about the endeavor,

“The idea that you have this six weeks in order to make a film I find really terrifying. So we’d rather take two years and almost write it while we shoot it and have the freedom to redo stuff and come back to it and completely rewrite things.”

It should be exciting to see the endeavors Mike Skinner goes further into now that his pseudonym really has gone to rest. One of my favorite moments was in 2009 at the San Francisco Treasure Island Music Festival when he asked the audience to go low in order ‘to look out and see the thousand behind you’ during a performance of ‘Blinded by the Lights’.

The Streets last album, ‘Computers and Blues’ was released February 7th in the United Kingdom from Atlantic Records. You can also play along with the interactive film here. How do you feel about Mike Skinner retiring ‘The Streets’?

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