Due to the huge success of ‘Witness (1 Hope)’, a lot of people see Roots Manuva’s career as kicking off in 2001 with Run Come Save Me. Now that’s a fine record indeed, but to put all your energy into that album and overlook Rodney Smith’s 1999 debut LP Brand New Second Hand is a wrong move. Over beats that blended reggae, boom-bap, jungle and scratch influences, Roots Manuva delivered bars of potent dub poetry here. The overall effect comes off like Linton Kwesi Jonson remixed by DJ Shadow and makes Brand New Second Hand one of the first great UK hip-hop records. Ignore at your peril.