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Reprazent is a British drum and bass group headed up by Roni Size. Their debut album New Forms won the Mercury Music Prize in 1997.[1] Their follow-up album In the Møde featured artists including Rahzel, Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine and Method Man.

Reprazent's music has been described as containing “meticulously crafted break-beats that, when slowed down, revealed themselves as hip-hop beats”.[2] The most popular track, “Brown Paper Bag”, was praised in the Guardian as a “masterpiece: an essay in hyperkinetic pace, it piles up teetering stacks of instrumental layers, their cumulative weight triggering each step in a constant cycle of demolition and reconstruction of its latticework of melody, rhythm and mood".[3]

The singles from New Forms featured the vocals of Onallee, whose call for the music in "Brown Paper Bag" is a signal that became widespread in rave culture.[4][not in citation given] The album went five times platinum[5] and Roni Size returned to the studio to concentrate on his output for V and Full Cycle and Dope Dragon.

Roni Size resurrected Reprazent in 2008 with the release of a deluxe edition of New Forms on Universal,[6] but in September 2008 announced his intention to disband the act following a third album.[7]

Reforming the band, complete with original members Dynamite MC, Onallee and the bassist Si John, alongside Yuval Gabay (Soul Coughing), D Product, Jay Wilcox and Pete Josef; Roni Size and Reprazent toured some of the biggest festivals in Europe including Bestival, Glastonbury, Lovebox (festival), Exit and Rock Herk. As a result, they were amongst the nominations for best dance act from the UK Festival Awards.[citation needed]



  • Roni Size – programming/production/keyboards

Current membersEdit

  • Onallee – vocals
  • Dynamite MC – raps
  • Si John – electric & upright bass
  • D Product – synthesiser
  • Jay Wilcox – keyboards

Former membersEdit

  • DJ Die – programming/production
  • DJ Suv – programming/production
  • Krust – programming/production
  • Clive Deamer – drums (now with Radiohead & Portishead)
  • Rob Merrill – drums
  • Yuval Gabay – drums
  • Pete Josef – guitar




  1. ^ Hegarty, Khalil (13 May 2005). "Independence days". The Age. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  2. ^ Hesmondhalgh, David and Caspar Melville. “Urban Breakbeat Culture: Repercussions of Hip-Hop in the United Kingdom.” In Global Noise: Rap and Hip-Hop Outside the USA, 86–110. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2001.
  3. ^ Batey, Angus (21 February 2008). "Roni Size/Reprazent". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  4. ^ A Cardew: [1] Resident Advisor Biography 21 January 2009
  5. ^ "Roni Size: Creating New Forms 2". Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  6. ^ McDonnell, Evelyn (17 April 2009). "Roni Size and Reprazent bring back their beat". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  7. ^ "Former Mercury Prize winner Roni Size to split up Reprazent". 15 September 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
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