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If you think the only thing Britain has to offer hip-hop is a bunch of arenas for the likes of Eminem and other Americans to fill when they make the short trip across the Atlantic, then it’s time to listen to Rodney Hylton Smith and reconsider.

Nobody would ever buy a record by Rodney Hylton Smith, so wisely Rod’s adopted the stage name of Roots Manuva, a great moniker which rustles up images of beefy rhythm and sharp rhymes. On his second album, “Run Come Save Me,” that is exactly what you get. And plenty more.

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