ROOTS MANUAVA's mix will surprise those who thought they had this maverick figured out. When you ask him what he reckons Hip Hop is, he instantly replies in his bouncing, booming baritone that it's, "the universal language of sonics". And, in his analysis, that universal language is comprised of phrases taken from many different musical tongues.
Towards the end of the mix, for instance, he offers his unique take on The Beatles, and, while they're the most covered artists in history, nothing can prepare you for the underwater dub reggae reading of Yellow Submarine he has constructed especially for this album.
"Yellow, banana, banana, yellow," he explains cryptically. "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."
"hip hop is quite literally in my blood," he affirms. "Seriously. Hip Hop educated me, and it pays my rent. It means everything to me." Listening to this album you might begin to realise why.
1) Roots Vocal Intro Intro