17 years ago, Ms. Dynamite released one of the best albums from a UK artist. On 10th June 2002, we didn’t know what to expect but we knew it would good and we were right. The Mercury Prize 2002 winning “A Little Deeper” is a versatile offering that is socially conscious, honest & reflective. The MC, songwriter, singer & producer goes back & forth with both throughout the album; backed by R&B, hip hop, reggae and Latin beats (shout-out to Salaam Remi for his production on this album).
Going back to the content, there’s a lot of takeaways in the singles “It Takes More”, “Dy-Na-Mi-Tee” & “Put Him Out”, as well as the album cuts “Anyway U Want It”, “Brother”, “Seed Will Grow” etc. that’s relatable for young people, especially black men and women. Side note: it’s crazy how the album’s content is still relevant today.
Anyway, as someone who expected Ms. Dynamite to deliver a UK garage album after the greatness that was (and still is) “Booo!” and “Envy (They Don’t Know Vocal Remix)”, this album was a pleasant surprise and I still play my favourites from it to this day.