Ever since Roots Manuva’s first foray into UK hip-hop in the mid-’90s, he’s been celebrated for what he isn’t as much as what he is. When the 43-year-old (real name…

These are fine times indeed for British hip-hop, with mainstream artists and underground acts both thriving, a burgeoning battle scene picking up millions of views on YouTube and the likes…

Rodney Smith, aka [a]Roots Manuva[/a], was trading in wry, humorous Brit-hop back when a teenage [b]Mike Skinner[/b] was still chained to a games console. With ‘[b]4everevolution[/b]’ Smith continues to avoid…

It’s the NME Award Shows’ moment to, as Master Shortie puts it, “give some noise for UK hip-hop”, but down at KOKO, Camden’s Twiglet pseudo-urchins are having some trouble krumping…

As the Bible has shown us, saviours tend to have a rough innings. By the time Rodney Smith was getting used to his ‘Brit-hop’s Second Coming’ mantle, a grimy cloud…

He might have invented grime, but to youthful ears Roots Manuva will resemble nothing more than a ragga Hadouken!. Yes, we’re trapped in a knackered 1983 Asteroids machine while Roots…

THE BIG FREEZE

The rapper unveils his new single details…

ROOM FOR MANUVA!

And it's convenient he's got a new album out too...

ROOTS MANUVA – MACCA IS DOPE!

The Mercury-nominated rapper tries to find an explanation for 'Yellow Submarine', which he has covered...

ROOTS MANUVAS ROUND UK

The rap star plays gigs of his own as well as a Basement Jaxx support...

2NA GETS BACK TO HIS ROOTS

The fruits of Chali 2Na's link-up with Roots Manuva will probably surface later in the year...