OnTheScene’s Ryan Cook takes a look at one of Southampton’s hottest hip-hop acts, Route2Roots.

Southampton has a diverse music scene, with many local artists establishing their names on a global scale.  The city is well known for musicians involved in the electronic music scene, such as James Zabiela, a big name worldwide in house music.

Southampton’s most famous export is pop star and UK Garage icon Craig David, currently in the midst of a big 2016 comeback to the charts with his new hit featuring UK Grime artist Big Narstie ‘When the Bassline Drops’.  

It is not just dance music that the city is famous for producing though; there is also a thriving local hip-hop scene.  At the head of this scene are Route 2 Roots, a local 8 piece collective who have made a name for themselves on the south coast for their frequent and energetic live performances.

You would be hard pressed to find a hip-hop gig in Southampton without Route 2 Roots involvement, who boast support slots for some of the world’s biggest and most famous hip-hop artists.

Supporting the likes of Public Enemy and Wu-Tang Clan in recent months, the local hip-hop collective are finding their names alongside some of the most established names in the industry.  Route 2 Roots are unique in terms of the local hip-hop scene, as they are known for using a full band setup in their live performances.

It is not uncommon to see a wide variety of instruments at a Route2Roots gig, with talented MC’s being accompanied by a full band, keyboard, saxophone and a live DJ.  On top of their frequent live shows the hip-hop collective are currently in the studio recording a long anticipated album.

If you want to catch these guys live their next performance is at The Social supporting famous US hip-hop duo Dead Prez.

You can keep up to date with Route 2 Roots through their social media:

Twitter – @Route2RootsLive

Facebook – Route2RootsMusic

Instagram – route2roots

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