ROOTS MANUVA - MACCA IS DOPE!

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

ROOTS MANUVA - MACCA IS DOPE!
PANASONIC MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE-nominated UK hip-hop star ROOTS MANUVA is set to drag Paul McCartney back into the legalise cannabis debate by suggesting the former BEATLE
smoked "more weed than me".

Manuva was speaking ahead of the release of new mix album 'Badmeaninggood', an album that features a dub reggae reworking of The Beatles' 'Yellow Submarine'.

Explaining why he had chosen the track, Manuva said: "I've got this whole plan in my head for a label called Banana Clan, so this is the theme song. And The Beatles
are a band I've got a lot of respect for. Paul McCartney used to smoke more weed than me so I'm sure we can identify with each other on a certain level."

[a][/a] has been busted several times for marijuana possession, the most famous occasion coming in Japan in 1980. Arriving in the country for a tour with Wings, officials discovered almost half a pound of marijuana in his hand luggage.

"I didn't try to hide [the pot]," he said at the time. "I had just come from America and still had the American attitude that marijuana isn't that bad. I didn't realise just how strict the Japanese attitude is."

And as early as 1967 he had campaigned for marijuana to be legalised, taking out a full-page advert in The Times newspaper to spread his message.

In recent years, he has been less vocal in his support for the drug. A serious conviction for possession would make it near impossible to get a visa to perform in America, a highly lucrative market for Macca now. His 'Driving Rain' tour earlier this year grossed a whopping $52.8million (£33.9million).

Read More On This Artist

More News
Johnny Marr says he makes 'outside music' concept to combat 'weedy, mopey shit'
BBC Four to show Foo Fighters documentary 'Sonic Highways'
Paramore's Hayley Williams accuses One Direction of copying New Found Glory
Kiss' Gene Simmons says that no 'iconic' new artists have emerged since 1988
Prince takes part in Facebook fan Q&A and only answers one question
Slipknot reveal plan to burn camel dung at Knotfest to give festival its own unique smell
Wu-Tang Clan to release new album 'A Better Tomorrow' by November 28
Pharrell's 'Happy' is the UK's best selling single of 2014 so far
Malcolm Young's family confirm AC/DC member is suffering from dementia
Tricky says he wouldn't work with 'arrogant' Damon Albarn again
New Björk album to be co-produced by Arca
U2 have finished '70 per cent' of their next album
Rancid announce release of new album '…Honor Is All We Know'
Radio DJ 'Dr' Fox arrested over alleged historical sexual assaults
Jimmy Page says Led Zeppelin reunion is not possible, but plans to start own, career-spanning band
Karen Gillan and Paul 'Pee-Wee Herman' Reubens star in TV On The Radio's...
Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris and more to play Bacardi Triangle – win tickets
Iceage stream new album 'Plowing Into The Field Of Love' – listen
Queen reveal ballad version of Freddie Mercury's 'Love Kills' – listen
SBTRKT streams new album 'Wonder Where We Land'
Kiss songwriter Stephen Coronel faces child pornography charges
East India Youth to release 'imagined soundtrack' to '20,000 Leagues Under The...

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today