Rodney P

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Rodney P (born Rodney Panton in Battersea, London, 20th c.) is an English[1] MC who entered the UK hip hop scene in the 1980s. He started out as a member of the London Posse, one of the UK's first home grown hip hop acts who were highly influential in the development of the genre. Rodney P has had one of the longest and most respected careers in UK hip hop.[2] Also known as da riddim killa,[3] he cites the reggae he heard while growing up as a second-generation West Indian immigrant as an influence on his dub-heavy music.


In 1986, The London Posse were invited by Mick Jones of The Clash to support his new band Big Audio Dynamite on a UK tour. A recording contract with Big Life records followed, and Rodney P went on to support hip-hop heavyweights N.W.A and Soul II Soul in the early nineties.

The decision to guard his creative control led to the birth of his own label Riddim killa, a collaboration with Low Life Records, one of the leading labels of the rapidly growing scene. He was introduced to DJ Skitz by a mutual friend from the Deal Real workshop in the West End, and appears on Skitz’s albums Countryman and Homegrown volume 1. The pair went on to host a show on the BBC 1Xtra radio station, a leading black music network, which ran for five years until 2007. This development in his career led to involvement in radio documentaries, including a programme recorded in Johannesburg about the aftermath of Apartheid.

His other recordings include tracks with high-profile DJs and producers such as The Nextmen, One Mike, Mystro and Plus One, and alongside fellow MCs Roots Manuva, Skinnyman and Dynamite MC. His open-minded attitude to music is demonstrated in his collaborations with dance acts Roni Size and Freq Nasty, and even more surprisingly with Björk and Nitin Sawhney, as well as Greek hip hop crew Active Member. Notable live appearances include the MF Prince's Trust Concert with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys and the United Nations Habitat Charity Concert alongside Jazzy Jeff, Dead Prez and Mos Def, as well as regular appearances at London’s legendary Fabric Live.

Rodney P was a host of the television series Dubplate Drama shown on Channel 4, E4 and MySpace.

In 2011, he provided the voice of the animated rapper in a television advert for the Toyota Yaris.[4]

Rodney P signed to Tru Thoughts Records in 2011.[5] A collaborative album with Zed Bias and Falacy was released in 2012 under the name Sleepin Giantz.[6]



  • The Future (2xLP, TP) 2002 (original version - rereleased on CD in 2006)
  • The Future (CD) 2004

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Tings In Time (12") 1997
  • Big Tings We Inna (12") 2001
  • Murderer Style / Friction 2001
  • Riddim Killa / A Love Song (12") 2002
  • I Don't Care (12") 2004
  • Trouble (12", Single) 2004
  • Trouble (MJ Cole Remix) (12", S/Sided) 2004
  • Trouble (Roni Size Remix) (12") 2004
  • The Nice Up (12") 2005
  • Devon Cream (12", mp3) 2007
  • I'll Try (12") 2009
  • Live Up (mp3) (ft. Peoples Army and Mighty Moe) 2011
  • Success (7") 2013

Collaborations/guest appearances[edit]

  • Dobie - Dobie E.P. inc. "Luv 'N' Hate (Can Never Be Friends)" w/ Rodney P, 12", 1995
  • Bjork - Telegram inc. "I Miss You" (Dobie remix ft. Rodney P), 1996
  • Revolutionary / Dedication 12" 1999 (Skitz & Rodney P)
  • Skitz ft. Rodney P - The Killing (12", Single) 2001
  • "We Stay Rough" on Mark B and Blade - The Unknown 2001
  • Skitz - Countryman 2001 (3 tracks)
  • Plus One - Champion Sounds 2002
  • Nextmen - Get Over It 2003 (2 tracks)
  • Nextmen - "Firewalking" (12"/12" remixes) 2003
  • Freq Nasty - Come Let Me Know (12", Promo) 2003
  • United State - All My Love (Goes Your Way) (12") 2004
  • United State - All My Love (Goes Your Way) (drum 'n' bass remixes) (CDr, Promo, Single) 2004
  • "Big Black Boots" on Skitz - Homegrown, Vol. 1 2004
  • Benjamin Zephaniah vs. Rodney P - Naked & Mixed Up (12", CD) 2006
  • Dub Pistols (ft. Rodney P) - Peaches (7"/12"/CDr) 2007
  • Dub Pistols - Speakers and Tweeters 2007 (3 tracks)
  • Dub Pistols - Rum & Coke 2009 (4 tracks)[7]
  • Flore (ft. Rodney P & Shunda K) - We Rewind / The Test 2009
  • Flore - Raw 2010 (2 tracks)
  • Dub Pistols - Worshipping the Dollar 2012 (3 tracks)[8]
  • Sleepin' Giantz - Sleepin' Giantz, LP, 2012


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