When hip hop of the British extraction is mentioned
nowadays, invariably Rodney Hyltonís name comes up.
As Roots Manuva he has been Kicking The Cack
for several years now, and is attempting to push over
the foam wall marked Acceptance Here.
Heís doing it all on his own terms, mind you. It isnít
as though he hired 45 dancers to flank him on a studio
lot as he pretends heís a gangstuh, or flashes plastic
pistols in videos with big bootie bitches, etc.
Beanie Sigel complains of paper cuts ďcounting moneyĒ,
but my guess is that Hyltonís only recent ones are from
actually reading books, and itís rather evident in songs
like 'Witness' or 'Swords In The Dirt' (with assistance
on the track by Niara, Danny Vicious,
Rodney P, Blackitude, Big P and Skeme).
Itís not going to ever be easy topping 1999ís Brand
New Second Hand, but this comes absurdly close.
You make the call. Iím too busy listening to both.
Review by Jason Thornberry