Old Favourites: Roots Manuva – “Witness (1 Hope)”

“Taskmaster, burst the bionic zit-splitter. Breakneck speed, we drown ten pints of bitter…”

Roots Manuva is another great hip-hop artist I discovered through late nights of rage watching. I’m not entirely sure what track it was that helped me to find him, but I love Roots because of his ridiculous, abstract flows and his early contributions to the grime sound. I also love him for this video, which stands as one of my all-time favourite vids, genre regardless.

In the Witness (1 Hope) video (perhaps you know the catchphrase “witness the fitness”?), Roots plays an athete deep in training for a big event. That big event later turns out to be an athletics carnival at his old primary school. It’s all shot on handheld cameras, to make it look like it actually happened – and this just makes it even more hilarious, if that was humanly possible to begin with. What else can I say, really – check it out!

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