From the early days of London Posse to broadcasting on the BBC, pioneering British rapper Rodney P has had his hand in just about every facet of UK culture over the past 30 years. As a member of London Posse, Rodney P (alongside Bionic MC, DJ Biznizz and the late Sipho) was instrumental in changing attitudes towards British accents in hip-hop. Until the Posse, UK accents were seen as cheesy and uncool, certainly not cool enough for NY rap beats. That all changed in the late '80s when London Posse burst onto the scene with their London accents and distinct slang worn proudly on their sleeves.

And that's to say nothing of the Rodney P that stands before us today: a paragon of black British culture, Rodney P has recently found himself presenting shows and documentaries on Channel 4 and the BBC. His latest outing, The Last Pirates: Britain's Rebel DJs, saw him front a fascinating documentary that dove into the oft-forgotten period of pirate radio that saw the emergence of household names like KISS FM and Trevor Nelson. By now, most of us know "Gangster Chronicle", but there's a whole back catalogue there waiting for you to unearth it. Time for a quick history lesson with the latest Deep Cuts playlist below.

Posted on October 25, 2017