Streets‘ MIKE SKINNER has refuted strong rumours that he’s the man behind summer smash ‘WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?’ by GRAFITI.
The track, which is released on August 4, was supposedly written by a big-time Italian producer inspired by the ‘hooligan-house’ of Audio Bullys and surprise, surprise, Streets. But the similarities don’t stop there.
Both Streets and Grafiti share the same publisher, are both on the same label – and to the astute ear – Skinner can be clearly heard singing backing vocals on the track.
However, Skinner’s people are maintaining their man is not responsible. “Grafiti is not Mike Skinner,” a spokesperson told NME.COM.
WEA, Grafiti’s label, also maintain that the artist is not Streets‘ mainman. “The artist is an Italian producer who wants to remain nameless. The record is really big over in Italy and it looks set to repeat its success when it hits the UK,” their spokesperson said.
However, two sources close to the record label have confirmed that Mike Skinner is Grafiti, though they wish to remain anonymous.
Grafiti is shunning the limelight, and refuses to have any contact with the press. Skinner is also renowned for rejecting publicity, shunning awards ceremonies such as The Brits and the Ivor Novello Awards, where he won Best Contemporary Song for ‘Weak Become Heroes’.