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 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.