AboutMattafix are a UK alternative hip hop duo, made up of Marlon Roudette and Preetesh Hirji. Their sound is a fusion of hip hop, soul, reggae, jazz, world and dancehall.
Marlon Roudette was born in London and grew up on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent with his mother and sister after moving there with her as a young child. Preetesh Hirji was born in London of dual-Indian parentage.
Mattafix released their first single "11.30 (Dirtiest Trick In Town)" as a limited edition on Buddhist Punk Records on 31 January 2005. Their first full single, "Big City Life", released by EMI on 8 August 2005 was a considerable hit, managing a number 15 in the United Kingdom, a big feat for a UK R&B/hip-hop group, and topped the charts in Germany, Poland, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and New Zealand. It also had moderate success in other European countries where it reached the top 20. Their third single, "Passer By" was released on 24 October 2005, missing the charts in the United Kingdom with a peak at number 79. The single preceded their debut album Signs Of A Struggle, which was released a week later.