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Awfully Deep [Limited Edition]

Roots ManuvaAudio CD
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Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva was born and grew up in Stockwell, South London. His grandfather had come over from Jamacia in the fifties. As he puts it, his family “were here to make it big time.” They worked hard, went to church, tried to live life the right way. His father was a lay preacher and tailor, a combination which goes some way to explaining the son’s preoccupation ... Read more in Amazon's Roots Manuva Store

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  • Audio CD (April 19, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Big Dada Records
  • ASIN: B0007XB5TK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Mind 2 Motion
2. Awfully Deep
3. Cause 4 Pause
4. Colossal Insight
5. Too Cold
6. A Haunting
7. Rebel Heart
8. Chin High
9. Babylon Medicine
10. Pause 4 Cause
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Chin High (Manuvadelics Version)
2. Too Cold (Demo Version)
3. Colossal Insight (Manoustic At Reading)
4. Rebel Heart (Manuvadelics Version)
5. The Falling (Demo Version)
6. This World Is Mine (Hidden Track)

Editorial Reviews

If you've read any of the speculation surrounding Awfully Deep, you'll be aware that this is the down album from beleaguered Brit-Jamaican rapper Roots Manuva, a troubled work where he battles with the twin demons of depression and mental illness. Luckily, hard times can't entirely keep a good man like Rodney Smith down: barely two minutes into the bashed-up dub-hop of "Mind 2 Motion," he's already exhorting his audience to "Swing your pants!/ Swing your skirt!/ Shake away the hurt!" in an effort to keep the black dog from his door.

And truly, this is a long dark night of the soul: on the excellent "Colossal Insight," Smith turns to God to save his sanity; on pitch-black soul number "The Falling," he's lost in an apocalyptic reverie, fantasizing about smuggling hand-grenades onto an airplane. But luckily, Smith is agreeably incapable of presenting his predicament without moments of dark levity: see the title track, which recalls a stint at a mental hospital populated by "crooked doctors and kinky nurses." A man who dispatches the Reaper with a nudge and a wink, Roots Manuva remains one of British hip-hop's most potent forces. --Louis Pattison

Product Description

Now, with his third album, he has made the best record of his career, 51 minutes of pure ingenuity, real thought, genuine engagement. When Roots Manuva called his album 'Awfully Deep' he wasn't necessarily talking about how profound it was or how profound he was. He just happens to believe that life is deep, that music is deep. Big Dada. 2005.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your pants will thank you April 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is the only Music I have heard by this fine gentleman other than that which appears on the Gorillaz Demon Days. It is brilliantly produced with mostly catchy beats which fluctuate from contemporary dancehall reaggae style to massive attack sounding brit-hop. The smart lyrics reflect a political and social awareness that is often lacking in much of today's music. Some songs are more for the lyricists, so pay close attention to his words. All in all, this bouncy album will make your booty appreciate your ears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In a world of dime a dozen rappers... Unique December 6, 2007
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I have, ever since I was in Middle school even, been exposed to a smattering of Hip-hop of all different styles. From the gangsta rap in MS and high school to things like the Roots, Outkast, and The Beastie Boys. Yet these days a lot of the stuff that comes out is all the same. Can you really tell me that Akon and J-kwon don't sound somewhat similar or that they rhyme about anything that matters? But here on this album by Roots Manuva, I've found the first hip-hop in a long time that I feel is truly unique. His beats and hooks are wonderful, his lyrics are deep and meaningful, and his one of a kind delivery and voice really seal the whole thing up. If you want great, meaningful hip-hop buy this album. If you want whats out today, why pay money? It's all on the radio over and over anyway.
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