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Vibrations: Roll Deep Man Riko Dan On His 13 Favourite LPs
Yemi Abiade , February 28th, 2018 10:19

The grime veteran has a varied musical history, and his 13 selections across rap, soul and dancehall are proof.


The Notorious B.I.G - Life After Death
I was in jail when I first heard this as well – young offenders. I used to listen to rap when I heard it but never made an effort to go out and buy it, but I had come out of [young offenders] when I heard that and started to really take it in. It's a deep album, almost like a film. Rap wasn't really a thing over here at the time; we had Blak Twang and Rodney P but nothing to shout about, so we had to lean towards America. My favourite song on this is 'Niggas Bleed' – a cold tune. I probably rate Biggie more now that he's gone. If he was around these days, all the so-called successful rappers now, or mumble rappers, wouldn't stand a chance. Even listening to Life After Death now, it doesn't sound dated or old – its sound like now.