"The Hardest Way to Make An Easy Living" is the third album by Britain's brightest brommie beat lovers The Streets. Tales of drinking and skirmishes in local kebab joints, have been replaced by stories of hotel trashing, the desperately famous and famously desperate. Welcome to the uncomfortable world of Mike Skinner. Celebrity. Skinner's days of hanging with the everyman are gone. He moans: "See, the thing that's got it all fucked up is camera phones - how the hell am I supposed to be able to do a line in front of complete strangers when I know they've all got cameras?" on "When You Wasn't Famous". The rapper's disgust with the media grows on tracks like "Two Nations" as he remarks on the British assimilation with American culture: "You build up stars and maniacs shoot them. I'm proud we gave you people like John Lennon... Even though you shot him as well."
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