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  • Audio CD (Sept. 18 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Outside Music
  • ASIN: B00005O7TL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

1. No Strings...
2. Bashment Boogie
3. Witness (1 Hope)
4. Join The Dots
5. Black Box Interlude
6. Ital Visions
7. Kicking The Cack
8. Dub Styles
9. Trim Body
10. Artical
11. Hol' It Up
12. Stone The Crows
13. Sinny Sin Sins
14. Evil Rabbit
15. Swords In The Dirt
16. Highest Grade
17. Dreamy Days

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While the debate rages about why a country as large and multicultural as England has yet to produce a noteworthy MC, Roots Manuva makes a strong case that a contender has arrived. On "Witness 1 Hope" (hands down, the best cut on the album) and "Article," Manuva drops some clever Jamaica-meets-Brixton, patois-inflected rhymes over producer Lord Gosh's otherworldly beats and sci-fi sound effects. Innovative, this album is. Jurassic 5's Chali 2na's thick baritone adds some Left Coast flavor to "Join the Dots" as Manuva waxes about South London life. This release captures a unique snapshot of black British musical tastes with equal parts funk, dub, roots reggae, electronica, and hip-hop. Check out "Highest Grade," a dub pro-weed anthem, and "Sinny Sin Sins," which focuses on Manuva's run-ins with religious types ("Do I need a middleman to link with the Creator?"). This album is for freethinking hip-hoppers who appreciate Outkast and crave exposure to authentically futuristic beats and Afrocentric, avant-garde ghetto rhymes. --Dalton Higgins

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Format: Audio CD
By now Roots Manuva is a household name, also outside the UK. Where I believe he's a real star. And I've had his first record since it was out for like a week. It was one of my first hiphop records and my first UK hiphop record, and it still remains one of my favorite records of all time. This one has been out for a few years too, so it should be old... But this is so tight. And it is on many levels. The beats are incredibly original. They are strange to hear first, but in a few minutes your bouncing in your seat. They whole record sounds jamaican. It's all there: some reggae, heavy dub basses, dancehall vibes. Roots Manuva is also jamaican and your can hear that in his voice. He speaks a mix between jamaican and english. Somehow that makes a really cool combination. He has a deep and rough voice that he flexes troughout the range while he drops his laidback flow. He sounds offbeat at some times, but this man can really flow and drops more styles than your average mc. This whole package brings you classic material. It's not music to play everyday, but in the right mood it's perfect and skipproof. If this was dropped today it could've been really hot, with the whole dancehall, garage hype going on today. Where busta rhymes still busts double time flows over overused drumloops, Roots Manuva has been making the perfect crossover into hiphop for years. There is something on it for everyone. If you are ready to expand your taste, check this.
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By A Customer on Nov. 18 2003
Format: Audio CD
"One of the albums of the year" - The Independent
"Not just a landmark UK hip hop album, but a landmark hip hop album period" - Mojo "
Superb" - Time Out
"Brilliant" - Blues & Soul
"Charming, erudite, personal, experimental but always approachable... this is a benchmark for UK hip hop" - Muzik
"One of the sanest offerings to emerge from the British inner city and a healthy anitdote to the inanity of US hip hop" - The Observer
"A great album" - The Daily Telegraph "
Too maverick, too brilliantly original a telent to be thethered by mere genre or geography" - The Times
"Breathtaking" - The Guardian "
Truly marking out the way forward for hip hop, wherever it's from" - Jockey Slut
"A triumphant return... absolutely sensational" - The Sunday Times
"Everything about this album is fresh... the sound of someone making a truly personal record in their own original style." - Sleaze Nation
"Album of the year?" - The Wire
"This is unlike anything - hip hop-wise - out there at the mo. Believe it. The hype behind this man is for real" - Echoes
"A fiercely original, hallucinatory masterpiece, a visonary re-imagining of what hip hop can be... among the best albums of the year" - Esquire
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By MopDaThug on June 26 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a classic piece of UK hip-hop, as is Roots Manuva's other album. All the tracks on it, with the exception of 'Trim Body', are great and do not tire after several listens. Of note are the tracks 'Sinny Sin Sins', which attacks organised religion and the hypocrisy associated with it, 'Evil Rabbit', which is slightly strange but great to listen to despite that & the almost obligatory ode to weed, 'Highest Grade'. We all know it had to be done.
Comparisons to Wyclef Jean made earlier, in my opinion, all missed the point (no disrespect). You don't need to tear down the 'Clef to make Manuva good: he can hold his own. I like 'em both, meself, they both innovate, in different styles, and you may call Wyclef a sell-out, but that was the best Pepsi advert I EVER SEEN. It almost made me want to drink it, honest!
Interestingly, a few UK headz have been aiming criticism at Manuva for this CD. To some of the underground UK scene, he's gone commercial!
I seen the words wit' my own eyes.
Anyhow, this is damnably good music, and if you want some more decent UK hiphop, then check for Blak Twang, Skitz, Phi-Life Cypher, or Mark B & Blade. For your information, of course.
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By MopDaThug on June 26 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a classic piece of UK hip-hop, as is Roots Manuva's other album. All the tracks on it, with the exception of 'Trim Body', are great and do not tire after several listens. Of note are the tracks 'Sinny Sin Sins', which attacks organised religion and the hypocrisy associated with it, 'Evil Rabbit', which is slightly strange but great to listen to despite that & the almost obligatory ode to weed, 'Highest Grade'. We all know it had to be done.
Comparisons to Wyclef Jean made earlier, in my opinion, all missed the point (no disrespect). You don't need to tear down the 'Clef to make Manuva good: he can hold his own. I like 'em both, meself, they both innovate, in different styles, and you may call Wyclef a sell-out, but that was the best Pepsi advert I EVER SEEN. It almost made me want to drink it, honest!
Interestingly, a few UK headz have been aiming criticism at Manuva for this CD. To some of the underground UK scene, he's gone commercial!
I seen the words wit' my own eyes.
Anyhow, this is damnably good music, and if you want some more decent UK hiphop, then check for Blak Twang, Skitz, Phi-Life Cypher, or Mark B & Blade. For your information, of course.
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By MopDaThug on June 26 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a classic piece of UK hip-hop, as is Roots Manuva's other album. All the tracks on it, with the exception of 'Trim Body', are great and do not tire after several listens. Of note are the tracks 'Sinny Sin Sins', which attacks organised religion and the hypocrisy associated with it, 'Evil Rabbit', which is slightly strange but great to listen to despite that & the almost obligatory ode..., 'Highest Grade'. We all know it had to be done.
Comparisons to Wyclef Jean made earlier, in my opinion, all missed the point (no disrespect). You don't need to tear down the 'Clef to make Manuva good: he can hold his own. I like 'em both, meself, they both innovate, in different styles, and you may call Wyclef a sell-out, but that was the best Pepsi advert I EVER SEEN. It almost made me want to drink it, honest!
Interestingly, a few UK headz have been aiming criticism at Manuva for this CD. To some of the underground UK scene, he's gone commercial!
I seen the words wit' my own eyes.
Anyhow, this is damnably good music, and if you want some more decent UK hiphop, then check for Blak Twang, Skitz, Phi-Life Cypher, or Mark B & Blade. For your information, of course.
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