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Brand New Second Hand
Brand New Second Hand
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brand new 2nd hand., 27 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Brand New Second Hand (Audio CD)
roots manuva is out and out my favourite british rapper - he's talents go far beyond he's smooth delivery and interesting content of his very british lyrics. he's production and beat writing is just as slick. these skills set him apart from the many other talented british rappers. (of which, I'm proud to say, there is an abundance; chester p, taskforce, jehst, dynamite, dizzie rascal and of course the veterans rodney p & daddy skitz.)
I love the fact that there is no mistaking he's english, I love the fact he sounds cockney and he talks about life in britain - mr manuva is the barometer of england's' social climate (and has been for a number of years). his social comment is accurate and is eloquently delivered, it makes you listen intently on what he's got to say.
the first and last songs on this album are amazing ('movements' & 'motion 5000' respectively) they're are two tracks roots manuva doesn't often top (although 'swords in the dirty' from his run come save me album does!!!). I love the calm, relaxed hook in 'movements' - roots manuva's voice seems to hypnotises you.
this album had a massive impact on the british hip hop scene - its paved the way for others to follow.
roots manuva is genius.

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars turn me up don't turn me down!!!, 26 Feb. 2004
I'm from the minority, of the people I've spoken to anyway, that listened to 'speakerboxx' (big boi's cd) first. I loved it straight off and I was definitely guilty of milking that cd - I couldn't stop playing it. that was the reason it took me so long to switch cd's to andre's 'the love below'. well worth the wait.
the two cd's complement each other so well - I seem to play 'speakerboxx' more before I go out or on my way to work. whereas 'the love below' gets put on while I'm chillin' out or on a lazy sunday morning in bed. this doesn't mean there aren't similarities between the two cd's - the production, the originality and the content & delivery of the lyrics is pure genius in both.
I think big boi is underrated as a rapper - the flow of his lyrics is as smooth as any of the current generation (still not a touch on biggie!!!). I like the way he's produced a quality hip hop album - but still kept that distinctive outkast touch. very smooth. 'the rooster' sums that up for me - wicked hip hop beats & lyrics with a good helping of south outkast funk!!! a great combination - the two go together like peas & carrots!!!
andre is one funky mutha fcuker!!! he's the modern day jimmy hendrix. he's a front runner, and has been for over a decade now, in pushing the boundaries of hip hop funk. only he could pull off an album that 'out there' - and make work. the songs 'spread' and 'she lives in my lap' are proof of that. I love them two songs - I can't help but bop my head along!!!
big boi's album just edges it for me if I had to chose!!!
isn't it about time they came to the uk?!?!

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