“A legendary figure within the UK hip-hop scene who has helped lay the foundations of urban music in this country” – MTV
“Flying the flag for UK hip hop… Rodney P has developed a unique, distinct identity” - Clash
“Hugely influential… A genre defying emcee with diverse musical taste” – I House U
Since his days in the seminal UK hip hop group London Posse, Rodney P has been widely regarded as the Godfather of British hip hop. Inspiring a whole generation of British emcees and producers by being the first to rap in his authentic London accent, he produced a homegrown hip hop/reggae vibe that is distinctly rooted in the UK.
The hugely influential London Posse formed in 1987. Then known as Roddy Rock, he and fellow London Posse members Bionic and Sipho were invited on tour by Don Letts and Mick Jones (The Clash) to support their new band Big Audio Dynamite. Soon after, they secured their first recording contract with Big Life records and recorded pioneering hip hop classics like ‘Live Like The Other Half’ and ‘Money Mad’ for their debut album ‘Gangsta Chronicle’. ‘Gangsta Chronicle’ was voted the Most Important UK Hip Hop Album of All Time in 2007 by Hip Hop Connection magazine.
One look at Rodney P’s discography illustrates a who´s who of the UK music scene. He has collaborated with fellow UK hip hop giants Skinnyman, Blak Twang and The Nextmen; featured on various soul and R&B productions with artists such as Omar, Terri Walker and The Brand New Heavies; and appeared on dance and electro tracks with MJ Cole, Roni Size, The Stanton Warriors, Timo Maas and recently, French producer/DJ Flore. More unusual affiliations with artists like Bjork and Nitin Sawhney demonstrate his role as a genre defying emcee as well as reflecting his own diverse musical taste.
Constantly in demand as a live performer, he has performed across the globe to fans in Europe, China, Japan, Australia, America and numerous African nations. For the last few years Rodney has extensively toured with The Dub Pistols, performing to huge audiences around the world as well as maintaining his partnership with DJ Skitz. During the Summer of 2010 Rodney P and Skitz, along with a handful of other acts joined forces with Chai Wallahs and performed at festivals across the UK including Bestival, The Secret Garden Party and Glastonbury.
2013 will see the release of Gangster Chronicles: The Difinitive Collection. The re-release will boast previously unheard London Posse tracks and a host of brand new remixes from some of the biggest names around.