In a year when album after album instanly impressed with production sheen and wham bam hooks , only to pall rapidly , this is the one that actually got better and better with every listen . It's hip hop , but its so much more than that , seamlessly mixing in techno , dub and drum and bass influences as the lyrics conjure up a world of London street mystics. Operating from a tiny label , roots manuva gives the whole dance music world a lesson : "Refuse to get lost in the quest for wrong " . The superlatives come easily : best hip hop album since Wu Tang's debut . Best British hip hop album ever . Best album of any kind of 2001 .