Roots Manuva

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Rodney Hylton Smith, 1972, Stockwell, London, England. Roots Manuva is recognised as one of the leading lights in UK hip-hop in the new millennium. His articulate style reflects a reggae and hip-hop upbringing, with Rakim a considerable influence. By contrast he was raised by his Jamaican parents in the environment of a south London Pentecostal church. He made his recorded debut in 1994 as part of IQ Procedure, before making his debut as Roots Manuva later the same year on Blak Twang’s ‘Queen’s Head’. After signing to the Big Dada label, Smith’s solo career blossomed in his collaborations with Skitz, Mr. Scruff, Mica Paris, 23 Skidoo and Pharoahe Monch amongst others. His most prominent guest slot came with the brutal beats and energetic rap of ‘Dusted’, the opening track on Leftfield’s 1999 album Rhythm And Stealth.

Smith then released his debut album as Roots Manuva, Brand New Second Hand, the title a...

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