The Streets – Everything Is Borrowed (2008)

I came to this world with nothing, and I leave with nothing but love. Everything Is Borrowed is a wildcard in The Streets’ canon, and absolutely one of my absolute favourites of theirs. The street-level rapped antics of the everyday pulse of the city is swapped in lieu of introspective philosophical musings and lyrics that are almost riddles.

The scope of the sound is opened tenfold; gone are the banging garage beats, in are full band ensemble pieces, some tracks feature insane numbers of musicians. This is stunning, glorious and rewarding. It also still sounds like a bonafide Streets record. Brilliant album.