Witness (1 Hope)
Label: Big Dada
American hip-hop acts dominate the scene, but Roots Manuva isn't looking to the U.S. to tell him how it's done. Instead, he's pioneered a uniquely British form of hip-hop that draws on ragga rhythms, Afro-Caribbean patois, and paranoid trip-hop riffs. One of the best hip-hop albums to come out of the U.K.