- Rodney P
Rodney P (born Rodney Panton in
Battersea, London) is an English [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/04/12/bmengland112.xml] MCwho entered the UK hip hopscene in the 1980s. He started out as a member of the London Posse, one of the UK's first home grown hip hop acts who were highly influential in the development of the genre. Rodney P has had one of the longest and most respected careers in UK hip hop. Also known as da riddim killa, he cites the reggaehe heard while growing up as a second-generation West Indian immigrant as an influence on his dub-heavy music.
In 1986 The London Posse were invited by Mick Jones of
The Clashto support his new band Big Audio Dynamiteon a UK tour. A recording contract with Big Life records followed, and Rodney P went on to support hip-hop heavyweights N.W.A.and Soul II Soul in the early nineties.
The decision to guard his creative control led to the birth of his own label Riddim killa, a collaboration with
Low Life Records, one of the leading labels of the rapidly growing scene. He was introduced to DJ Skitzby a mutual friend from the Deal Realworkshop in the West End, and appears on Skitz’s albums "Countryman" and "Homegrown volume 1". The pair went on to host a show on the BBC 1Xtraradio station, a leading black music network, which ran for five years until 2007. This development in his career led to involvement in radio documentaries, including a programme recorded in Johannesburg about the aftermath of Apartheid.
His other recordings include tracks with high profile DJs and producers such as
The Nextmen, One Mike, Mystro and Plus One, and alongside fellow MCs Roots Manuva, Skinnymanand Dynamite MC. His open-minded attitude to music is demonstrated in his collaborations with dance acts Roni Sizeand Freq Nasty, and even more surprisingly with Björkand Nitin Sawhney, as well as Greek hip hop crew Active Member. He continues to dominate the live scene as one of the most sought after artists, taking the mic both on the UK circuit and with his contemporaries from across the Atlantic. Recent appearances include the MF Prince's TrustConcert with Jay-Zand Alicia Keys and the United Nations Habitat Charity Concert alongside Jazzy Jeff, Dead Prezand Mos Def, as well as regular appearances at London’s legendary Fabric live nights.
He was also featured on Mark B and Blade's We Stay Rough,which was on their only album The Unknown.
Rodney P is also currently the host on the television series "Dubplate Drama" shown on Channel 4, E4 and myspace.
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The Future (Rodney P album)
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* [http://www.discogs.com/artist/Rodney+P Discogs' Rodney P page]
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* [http://www.myspace.com/dubplatedrama DubPlate Drama]
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