Kae Tempest on Roots Manuva’s ‘Brand New Second Hand’

Rapper, playwright and much more gives deeply personal interview on new show 'My Classic Album'

World renowned listening concept series Classic Album Sundays is celebrating 10 years of hi-fidelity, immersive album experiences with the launch of free live-streamed series, ‘My Classic Album’, alongside its Patreon subscription service. Funded by Arts Council England, the show features an inspiring line-up of revered and cutting-edge guests including Kae Tempest, Goldie, Moses Boyd, Gary Crosby OBE, Black Midi, Nitin Sawhney with more to be announced. ‘My Classic Album’ streams live every Sunday at 8pm via YouTube and Facebook. 

The series launched with spoken word performer, poet and artist Kae Tempest giving a rich personal exploration of Roots Manuva’s seminal record ‘Brand New Second Hand’ and experiences with the man himself. Kae reminisced on being a teenager, hanging out at open mic nights at Carnaby Street’s legendary Deal Real Records and East London’s Rhythm Factory, rubbing shoulders with rap giants like Skinny Man, Ghost Face Killa and Ty – to meeting Roots Manuva; and being invited into his studio and the prophetic wisdom he shared:

“’You put in 10 years to get to the point where you’re ready to begin’ and I was like what? no! I was about 19…10 years!..he said ‘I started rapping at 18, it took me 10 years to get to the point where I could make my first album’..When [I released] ‘Brand New Ancients’ which was MY long story (a small reference to ‘Brand New Second Hand’) – that’s the thing that really moved things for me…that was the 10 year point.”

Adding “my enduring memory of him, is a generous, warm spirited artist, who made time for some young nobody, some mad little person. He had no need to to give me the time of day.” – Kae Tempest on Roots Manuva.


Funded by the Arts Council England Cultural Relief Fund, 18x episodes have been commissioned which will help support the venue and creatives who are making the series possible, as well as the artists themselves.

CAS Founder Colleen Murphy says: “I’m very excited about the ‘My Classic Album’ series as we are bringing together a diverse range of dynamic artists, celebrating records that have changed the cultural landscape. In-depth music listening is a healing force that is much needed in this challenging time, and these revealing interviews will inspire viewers to turn off from daily life and give the album a spin themselves. I’m also grateful to be in a position to help support the presenters, creatives and artists involved in the ‘My Classic Album’ series, which has been made possible by the Arts Council England Culture Recovery Fund.”