On September 22nd 2003 the wait is thankfully over as South London’s supreme So Solid Crew finally unleash sophomore album ‘Second Verse’, through Independiente, onto unsuspecting ears.
With its brilliant blend of dancefloor destroying beats, speaker-smashing subterranean bass and an abundance of raucous rhymeage, ‘Second Verse’ will have jaws dropping as So Solid yet again redefine the sound of UK urban music.
Formerly the domain of the Americans, So Solid are set to show the world how Britain gets down to hard-edged hip hop beats and the smooth soul licks of R&B. “It’s only the second verse of the first chapter, we’ve only gotten that far in the book,” explains Megaman of the albums title.
Well, if that means there’s more to come from So Solid then the stagnant music industry better take note: So Solid once again blaze a trail in innovation combined with a raw energy as yet unrivalled by any other.
From the rabble-rousing anthem of ‘Angry Beats’ to the heartfelt Damilola Taylor dedicated ‘No Love’, So Solid twist expectations and deliver a dizzying array of daring musicality.
There’s the JD produced double-time bass-line of ‘First Verse’, which gives Megaman a chance to tackle the haters whilst lead single, the flute laden ‘Broken Silence’, sees MC Swiss pointedly address the media and government.
For the party heads among you Mr Shabz and MC Swiss present ‘So Grimy’ but for those that like their beats extra dark ‘n’ dirty check out Dan Da Man’s unrelenting keys-driven ‘Six O’clock.’ Always up for experimentation So Solid flip the script on ‘Colder’, which sees the Greek Cypriot tones of Trigger joined by the So Solid newcomers on the beat bashing thought-provoking chorus.
Its been an extraordinary two years for the Crew, who on top of achieving phenomenal success have had to contend with the broadcast media, press and the government continuing to blame the group for many of the problems in today’s inner city areas.