The Streets star MIKE SKINNER insists he's a genius, because he has no difficulty penning chart-topping tracks.

The DRY YOUR EYES singer, 25, believes he is "SHAKESPEARE for clubbers" because his conceptual albums A GRAND DON'T COME FOR FREE and ORIGINAL PIRATE MATERIAL tell complex stories with catchy music, without him putting in much effort.

He boasts, "You'll never hear me go on about making music being difficult. Because it's just a different take on the way this generation does stuff. It's just that no one's said it before. And maybe, you know, maybe that is a sort of genius."

02/09/2004 02:26