Propelling 'geezer rap' into an arena environment was never going to be easy for ex-pat Brummie and self-styled 'king of the chavs' Mike Skinner.
Only last May, The Streets seemed to fit snugly into Birmingham's intimate Carling Academy, dishing out cups of brandy, while ducking and diving in the face of an enthusiastic crowd.
But Skinner (the reigning chav king thanks to his Jimmy Saville-like jewellery and council estate attire) was clearly banking on his massive home support at the National Indoor Arena last night - and he was not disappointed.
Due to the fact that the NIA is only a stones throw from the bars and clubs (and kebab shops) of Broad Street that West Heath's finest poet no doubt drew inspiration from when he was a teenager, the atmosphere was almost on a par with last year's show.
Things have certainly looked up for Skinner in recent months, having narrowly missed out on a Mercury Music prize and finally being recognised by The Brits, and Skinner was last night firing off his trademark brandy-fuelled one-liners at frequent intervals.
But it was a bit hollow in the NIA, far too cosy and spacious for the urban rap styles of Skinner and his new label's first signings hip-hop duo the Mitchell Brothers.
The acoustics of the full band line-up of drummer, bassist and keyboards was well equipped to fill the arena, but Skinner's monotone, eye's-down delivery style seemed almost too delicate for this environment.
Nevertheless, Skinner's urban poetry was lapped up by the crowd, who clearly enjoyed seeing him back on home turf.
Turn The Page, Blinded by the Lights and Let's Push Things Forward, got the NIA swinging, although some people managed to get close enough to the stage to be passed a brandy.