BRITHOPTV: [Video Interview] Roots Manuva (@RootsManuva) Lecture (London 2010) [@RBMA] | #UKRap #UKHipHop

Roots Manuva (@RootsManuva) Lecture  (London 2010) [@RedBullMusicAcademy]

Time to get awfully deep with south London’s finest, Rodney Smith – better known as Roots Manuva. Delivering rhymes that mesh everyday mundanity with a deep sense of unease, his voice has become an instantly recognizable for rap enthusiasts around the world.

Ever since his 1999 debut album Brand New Second Hand, he has remained an essential presence on the scene, blending Jamaican soundsystem aesthetics with stripped down productions to create a brand of hip-hop that is truly and independently British.

In his 2010 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, he discusses the differences between rap in the UK and the US, his debut album, the influence of soundsystem culture on his music, and much more.


3:07 – Early years
08:57 – UK vs US rap
17:49 – Debut album
23:25 – The process
26:26 – Witness
42:21 – Jamaica


0.35 – Roots Manuva – “Juggle Tings Proper”… 19:43
19:43  Roots Manuva – “Motion 5000”… 27:51
27:51 –  Roots Manuva – “Witness (1 Hope”… 34:39
34:39 – Roots Manuva – “Awfully Deep”… 42:10
42:10  Rhythm & Sound – “King in My Empire”… 1:20:56
1:20:56 Roots Manuva – “C.R.U.F.F.”…

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