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This album busts down that stereotype, and should be seen as a warning to the USA, that others are producing brilliant hiphop too. Roots Manuva has a distinctive style that takes some getting used to, and at first I only liked a few tracks. However the album has definately grown on me, as I kept going back again and again, discovering fresh tracks.
The lyrics are intelligent, and refreshingly free of the gangsta stereoypes of some US hiphop. The beats are hard and funky, but if you're looking for more "Dusted" (the track he did with leftfield), you may be disappointed, the feel here is much more hiphop.
Tracks such as "Baptism" "Soul Decay" and "Fever" all carry different feelings, and meanings. My favourite has to be "motion 5000" with its brilliant string arrangement perfectly complementing the rhymes..
All up, a mind blowing album that will renew your faith in hiphop.
Oh yeah, if you have the album and are looking for other tracks from Roots, I can recommend "jusjus" with Mr. Scruff, and "Starlight" with The Herbaliser.
One of the main appeals of Roots Manuva's work, isn't just the swaggering beats or the distinctly original approach to production, which is a mixture of swaggering rhythms, hard-edged beats, syncopated percussion, a strong tendency toward dubwise beats, bottomless bass and reverberating vibes, or oddball squelches and aggressive sounds and energetic thumps. It's that it owes as much to: Ragga, Dancehall, Electronica, & Dub, as it does U.K. Hip-Hop, and although there's a strong element of bass heavy sounds, it's the diversity and ingenuity of production throughout the album that immediately impresses.
but as hugely impressive as the production sides of things are, it also equally as much to do with the fact that he is a distinctly impressive lyricist/Vocalist.Read more ›
Not being a hip-hop fiend or anything of that description, I immediately took to Roots' disjointed breaks and chopped-up beats. Respect double big time must also go out to Mr Manuva for refraining from employing a US accent - while only a minor effort, it serves his talent well. And finally, I was drawn in by his political bend, "the IMF wont write-off the third world debt, 'cause they profit from holding it down". Mr Manuva is the Master!
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Not as good as his second album, but still a fine album from a fine UK rapperPublished 16 months ago by Bryce Norman
ROOTS MANUVA - 'BRAND NEW SECOND HAND' (BD010/BDCD010)
"Extraordinary... a crucial release and a landmark for UK beats and rhymes"-Update, ALBUM OF THE WEEK
"The... Read more
This album is slamming. Run Come Save me was dope, very dope. Witness was deff. the song of the year last year. Read morePublished on October 31, 2003 by OG One Kanobe
Simply put. Roots Manuva is intellectual enough and mature enough to cross that hip hop border I've set up. So foten I just can't stand hip hop lyrics, but this man's are great. Read morePublished on February 27, 2002
I find the allegations that the production on this record is lackluster shocking. Not being a huge dancehall fan, I tend to dislike some of the dancehall influenced numbers (such... Read morePublished on October 15, 2001
Big fan of American hip hop and rap in general, But it is refreshing for someone to give a strong account from across the Atlantic! Read morePublished on August 15, 2001
What an album. For those that don't understand, the production is DELIBERATELY gritty and low-fi: we don't need everything polishing all the time here in the UK. Read morePublished on August 15, 2001 by Tomska
This disc bumps from track to track. Pick it up for real; the MANUVA keep it real in th'house, 'na sayin'? Brixton hill, baby, friggin' big-sack-tastic bombastic rhymes.Published on July 5, 2001 by adum c t