Something that is old Thursdays: Roots Manuva – Brand New Second Hand (1999)

We’re pointing you towards Roots Manuva’s masterpiece of a debut album for a weekly throwback feature.

Brand New Second Hand was, in many ways, evidence that so-called ‘UK HIP HOP‘ could be uniquely British in sound. There were monumental British rap acts before Roots Manuva, but something about Rodney Smith’s debut album just captured the full potential of what was a burgeoning scene.

Patois lyrics and beautifully niche references are scattered across Brand New Second Hand that was released by the iconic Big Dada Recordings in March, 1999. Tales of off-licence visits and London’s underworld are weaved into gritty, dub-influenced beats to make one of the truly perfect British rap albums.

Treat yourself to a classic below and listen out for it on a recent Offie Mag Radio show.


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