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ARTIST
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Street Anthems
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CD

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ROLLDEEP 006CD ROLLDEEP 006CD
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RELEASE DATE
4/15/2016

Reissue of grime classic Street Anthems (2009), an absolutely essential best-of compilation from the legendary Roll Deep packed with their top 20 hits including "Shake A Leg" and "Avenue" plus previously unreleased early tracks and essentials taken from each of their three albums. It opens with three of the best vocal grime tracks of all time: the previously unreleased vocal of Wiley's "Eskimo" instrumental and posse cuts "When I'm Ere" and "Roll Deep Regular." The level of innovation on the production of these three tracks is spectacular. "Eskimo" is early grime's most seminal track, made up of basic percussion, creeping pads, and Wiley's eski bass sound, which would become his trademark. The other two are Danny Weed tracks centered on accordion and a camera flash. If you want to know what people mean when they describe grime as brilliant minimalism, listen to these three tracks -- and it should go without saying that the MCing matches the production round for round. Known as the forefathers of grime and legends in the UK underground music scene, Roll Deep have set their place in history. Starting in 2001, this group of friends from East London changed the game forever. Their 2005 debut album, In At The Deep End, sold 98,000 copies in 2005, and the group have gone on to have two top 20 hits as well as a string of tours around the world. Former member Dizzee Rascal and Wiley have gone on to become the most successful UK MCs of all time. Street Anthems is one not to be missed.