Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva, the father of the UK rap scene returns with his fourth album on Big Dada records.
When Roots Manuva released his second album “Run Come Save Me” in 2001, featuring the cult hit single “Witness (1 Hope)”, which gained him a Mercury Music Prize nomination, he achieved a taste of the success so elusive to UK rappers.
UK hip-hop has always struggled next to the mainstream American market, but Roots Manuva’s fourth album proves that the lack of limelight has not harmed this British rapper’s health.
“Slime and Reason” stays away from the grime dominated UK rap scene (Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Sway), preferring instead to incorporate elements of reggae and dub with some spot-hitting bass and ironic wordplay and rhymes.
Best of all, the album is diverse, with songs like “It’s Me Oh Lord” featuring impassioned lyrics, preceded by the much more ironic “Again and Again” or the outright funny “Buff Nuff”.
It may not be exactly a progression from his previous album, but this is refreshing and mature rap for a thirsty and immature scene.