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Brand New Second Hand

Roots ManuvaAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Big Dada Records
  • ASIN: B00000ICLB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,896 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Movements
2. Dem Phonies
3. Juggle Tings Proper
4. Inna
5. Soul Decay
6. Baptism
7. Strange Behaviour
8. Organ Skit
9. Big Tings Gwidarn
10. Sinking Sands
11. Wisdom Fall
12. Roots-Fi Discotheque (Skit)
13. Clockwork
14. Cornmeal Dumpling
15. Fever
16. Oh Yeah...
17. Motion 5000

Editorial Reviews

For a long time, it seemed like any sort of hip-hop that came from Great Britain was immediately labeled "trip-hop." But it's impossible to pigeonhole crews like Black Twang and London rapper Roots Manuva into that category--and sometimes it's tough to slot Roots Manuva into any category. Unfortunately, the production on this album is spotty, veering uncomfortably from the hopelessly fractured reggae of "Dem Phonies" to the live funk of "Fever." Roots Manuva's skills, though, are undeniable, and he maneuvers through tracks like "Big Things" and "Baptism" with a keen intellect and an impressive moral authority. His Brit-accented flow differs greatly from that of his American peers, though, and may prove to be an acquired taste for some. Flawed as it may be, Brand New Second Hand shows that international hip-hop need not mimic that of the States in order to compete--but it could take some lessons in the studio. --Justin Hampton


Manuva shifts from abstract to narrative with offhand skill, aiming toward a Euro-American hip-hop future full of deep, dubby possibilities. -- Spin

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Runnin' tings proper. September 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
At first, you may be put off buying this album, especially if you are no great hiphop fan. I had heard one track before "clockwork", and was hoping for some intelligent rap. I was skeptical, because everyone knows British hiphop sucks, don't they?
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Roots Manuva - "Brand New Second Hand": Roots Manuva (aka "Rodney smith"), has managed to crave out something of a niche following for himself in the UK, since this his 1999 Debut "Brand New Second Hand", a supremely talent Rapper/Producer, who's intriguing take on UK life, through a distinctly Jamaican ideals and mentality, have garnered him various awards in the UK press (and narrowly missing a 'Mercury Music' award) . Unfortunately for him, the UK hip-hop market, just isn't anywhere near as big as it's US equivalent, and so, his albums (all critically appladed), just haven't managed to translate into significant sales. But please don't let that stop you from picking up this album for one of the UK's most incisive and distinctive voices.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Acquisition of the Year February 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The one note of warning: skip that second track. Boy is it bad. Otherwise, this album is one of the great moments in music in which an artist with a unique sound, unique perspective and unique purpose come together to form a power which can't be ignored. Roots Manuva expresses an intelligent, politically charged message without resorting to the almost whining self-consciousness of the anti-gansta movement. This album is dark, smooth and lyrically unique in ways which make most American acts look like first-graders writing their first rhymes. Yet another example that the Real Thing is happening not just outside New York City but outside the United States altogether.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots Manuva Marks The Arrival Of British Hip-Hop March 6, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
South London-based Roots Manuva drops his much anticipated debut longplayer, dispelling the myth that rap is strictly an American phenomenon. Affiliated with old school hip-hop/breakbeat enthusiasts The Herbaliser, Roots engages in a hip-hop form that draws from its American origins, but creatively intersperses Jamaican patois/toasting into the stew (paying homage to his Caribbean heritage as well as indirectly to Kool DJ Herc, the Jamaican-born breakbeat master responsible for ground zero of rap back in the early 1970s in the South Bronx). Rough and rugged, Roots moves with an unpretentious ease rarely found in this medium. For those hip-hop headz who enjoy hearing how rap successfully transcends boundaries of locale and accent (more experimental souls should investigate French outfits such as Supreme N.T.M., Les Sages Poetes De La Rue, I.A.M., Akhenaton, Kartel Double Detente, etc.). Recommended without hesitation nor reservation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Da Bomb October 31, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is slamming. Run Come Save me was dope, very dope. Witness was deff. the song of the year last year. But I stumbled on this album, his first major release, and it is even better. Beats are ridiculous. Ryhmes ... ridiculous. The only wackt song is track two, besides that, complete satisfaction. If you an American underground head that likes old Boot Camp, old Jeru the Damaja, and just dope hip-hop - you'll dig this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine
Not as good as his second album, but still a fine album from a fine UK rapper
Published 25 days ago by Bryce Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars a few quotes for this classic lp
"Extraordinary... a crucial release and a landmark for UK beats and rhymes"-Update, ALBUM OF THE WEEK
"The... Read more
Published on November 18, 2003 by etienne
5.0 out of 5 stars The best UK hip hop album out there....
really. As for knocking the production on this album....stupid.
Published on March 3, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. The only hip-hop I like
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 more
Published on February 27, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Production simply outstanding, innovative
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 more
Published on October 15, 2001 by "kungfubreaks"
5.0 out of 5 stars Reprasent Roots!
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 more
Published on August 15, 2001 by "makaveli1603"
5.0 out of 5 stars Kickin' the Cack!
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 more
Published on August 15, 2001 by Tomska
5.0 out of 5 stars Man - u - v - a drops the hot sh**t
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Lyricist
Roots Manuva is a master lyricist. I listen to his cadence and mastery of vocal rhythm and I just get a big smile on my face. Read more
Published on April 6, 2001 by Scott Balikian
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
British hip hop sucks??? Never! This album is living proof of the refreshing and original nature of hip hop being made in the UK. Read more
Published on December 26, 2000 by Mr. Haroon Ahmad Khan
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