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Roots ManuvaSlime & Reason
By Laurent Fintoni
Rodney Smith returns for a fourth album on Big Dada, the label from which he has become inseparable. While Awfully Deep showed a distinct change of direction, the new album sees him return to a similar formula that made Run Come Save Me so popular. The beats and lyrics are infectious and irresistible, soon enough making you reach for the play again button — or bust all kinds of crazy moves in public. Or maybe that’s just me. Seriously though, there’s something about Slime & Reason. Maybe it’s the varied productions, switching around from summer riddims like Again & Again to bass-led headnodders like C.R.U.F.F. or even straight up dancehall bounce like Buff Nuff. Or maybe it’s the lyrics, alternating between jokes and serious subjects, choruses and verses with a twang that's unmistakable and as appealing as always.
For anyone who’s followed Roots from the start, the new album is likely to bring up memories of finer moments, but on repeated listens it shines through as something more than just an attempt to recapture past glories. It’s a fun album, a dedication to inspirations and sounds the man grew up on, showcased with a distinct modern take. Rodney Smith still knows how to do hip hop like no one else can.