Streets Mike Skinner says leaving record label is like being freed from prison

Mike Skinner

Mike Skinner

Street Rapper Mike Skinner has revealed that walking away from a major record label is like ‘ending a long prison stretch.’

Skinner, who this month admitted he was calling it a day, shot to fame in 2002 and has released five albums in total.

He had wanted to end his association with Warners, his record label, in 2006, but was prevented from doing so because of legal obligations.

Speaking to the Sun, Skinner said, “It’s like ending a long prison stretch. I’m leaving in 11 weeks, when my contract ends. I’ll be given my belongings and met at the gates by my criminal friends and we’ll go out and re-offend within days. I’m not going to do The Streets any more, I’m never going to be able to better this album. And that’s a great feeling.

“There comes a time when you’ve had so much success, you’ve got so much money, there’s so much madness, you tend to end up destroying yourself.

“I’m relieved I won’t have to play that game anymore. I’m relieved to be outside of the traditional album cycle. I can do what I want now.”

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