So Solid Crew

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Uk garage/hip hop collective from Battersea, South London. Rose through their shows on pirate radio station Delight FM, occupying most of the Sunday schedule which became known as 'So Solid Sundays'. The emphasis on MCs during the period where the darker side of UK garage side was developing would be an early influence towards what would develop later into grime.

So Solid's first single "Oh No" would arrive in 2000, followed by breaking into the UK top 40 with "21 Seconds" (UK no.1), "They Don't Know" (no. 3), and "Haters" (no. 8). These would all appear on their debut album "They Don't Know" released in October 2001, reaching no. 6 in the UK album charts.

Their follow up album "2nd Verse" would follow in September 2003. Various members have also had solo success and produced for others, and So Solid were still touring into 2013.
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Albums

ISOM 27CD So Solid Crew - They Don't Know album art So Solid Crew They Don't Know (Album) Independiente, Independiente ISOM 27CD UK & Europe 2001 Sell This Version
IC 0876 So Solid Crew - In Concert 876 album art So Solid Crew In Concert 876(CD, Transcription) BBC Radio International IC 0876 UK 2002 Sell This Version
ISM 512126 2, 512126 2, 5121262000 So Solid Crew - 2nd Verse album art So Solid Crew 2nd Verse (Album) Independiente, Independiente ISM 512126 2, 512126 2, 5121262000 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
Promo So Solid Crew, Asher D So Solid Crew, Asher D - Cuts N Bruises(CD, Mixed, Promo) Solid Beats Promo UK 2003 Sell This Version
none So Solid Crew - Cuts N Bruises II album art So Solid Crew, Asher D So Solid Crew, Asher D - Cuts N Bruises II(CD, Mixed, Promo) Solid Beats none UK 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SAM00427 So Solid Crew - No Good 4 Me album art Oxide & Neutrino Featuring So Solid Crew Oxide & Neutrino Featuring So Solid Crew - No Good 4 Me (Single) EastWest SAM00427 UK 2000 Sell This Version
SSC 006 So Solid Crew - Too Dark album art So Solid Crew & 2 Jedi So Solid Crew & 2 Jedi - Too Dark Paper Money Recordings SSC 006 UK 2000 Sell This Version
none So Solid Crew - Oh No (That's The Word) album art So Solid Crew Oh No (That's The Word) Relentless Records none UK 2000 Sell This Version
RELENT8CDS, RELENT 8CDS So Solid Crew - Oh No (Sentimental Things) / Dilemma album art So Solid Crew Oh No (Sentimental Things) / Dilemma (Single, Maxi) Relentless Records RELENT8CDS, RELENT 8CDS UK 2000 Sell This Version
SC 001 So Solid Crew - Dilema album art So Solid Crew Dilema(12") Paper Money Recordings SC 001 UK 2000 Sell This Version
S.S.C. 002 So Solid Crew - Y album art So Solid Crew Featuring Romeo, Mega Man* & Lisa Maffia So Solid Crew Featuring Romeo, Mega Man* & Lisa Maffia - Y(12") Paper Money Recordings S.S.C. 002 UK 2000 Sell This Version
SC 002 So Solid Crew - More Less More Soul (Wooh) album art So Solid Crew More Less More Soul (Wooh) So Solid Beats, Paper Money Recordings SC 002 UK 2001 Sell This Version
RELENT26T So Solid Crew - They Don't Know album art So Solid Crew They Don't Know (Single) Relentless Records RELENT26T UK 2001 Sell This Version
DAN 671896 2, 6718962000 So Solid Crew - 21 Seconds album art So Solid Crew 21 Seconds (Single, Maxi, EP) Relentless Records, So Solid Beats, Paper Money Recordings DAN 671896 2, 6718962000 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
RELENT 23TP1 So Solid Crew - Haters album art So Solid Crew presents Mr. Shabz So Solid Crew presents Mr. Shabz - Haters (Single) Relentless Records RELENT 23TP1 UK 2001 Sell This Version
TDKPROMO1 So Solid Crew - Album Sampler album art So Solid Crew Album Sampler(12", Promo, Smplr) Independiente TDKPROMO1 UK 2001 Sell This Version
ATLAS15T So Solid Crew - Eye Of The Duck (Remix) album art Natacha Atlas v So Solid* Natacha Atlas v So Solid* - Eye Of The Duck (Remix)(12", S/Sided, Single, Promo, W/Lbl) Mantra Recordings ATLAS15T UK 2001 Sell This Version
solid 003 So Solid Crew - Best Of Your Love album art Teebone Vs So Solid* Featuring Mc Mega Man* & Mc Romeo* Teebone Vs So Solid* Featuring Mc Mega Man* & Mc Romeo* - Best Of Your Love(12") Solid City Records solid 003 UK 2001 Sell This Version
SSC 004 So Solid Crew - Be True album art So Solid Crew Be True(12", W/Lbl) Paper Money Recordings SSC 004 UK 2001 Sell This Version
ISOM55MS So Solid Crew - Ride Wid Us album art So Solid Crew Ride Wid Us (Single, Maxi) Independiente ISOM55MS UK 2002 Sell This Version
SSC002 So Solid Crew - So Grimey album art So Solid Crew So Grimey (Maxi) Independiente SSC002 UK 2003 Sell This Version
ISOM 71T So Solid Crew - Broken Silence album art So Solid Crew Broken Silence (Single, Maxi) Independiente ISOM 71T UK 2003 Sell This Version
none So Solid Crew - We Don't Have It / Dub Plate Mex V.I.P album art Dubplate Mex* Feat. So Solid Crew Dubplate Mex* Feat. So Solid Crew - We Don't Have It / Dub Plate Mex V.I.P(12", W/Lbl) DPM Recordings none UK 2004 Sell This Version
none So Solid Crew - What Yu Want / Look Out Weekend album art So Solid Crew Feat Malica / Kid Kurrupt Feat Jaymarie So Solid Crew Feat Malica / Kid Kurrupt Feat Jaymarie - What Yu Want / Look Out Weekend(7") South Rakkas Crew none Jamaica 2005 Sell This Version
MEGA1CS So Solid Crew - Since You Went Away album art So Solid* Since You Went Away(CD, Single) Mega&Co MEGA1CS UK 2010 Sell This Version

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p.sheraton81

p.sheraton81

October 26, 2016
Still got this in its promo case well used but in good Nick even now in 2016 😊
matta120160

matta120160

April 23, 2009
The so solid crew did contribute to the ''bastardisation'' of uk garage.

How ever this was what the major lables wanted, they wanted something new and fresh to market, make money from and spit out! this country cannot handle groups such as so solid, unlike in the states with nwa, wu tang etc. we are a country of finger pointers, who like to push the blame on other people, and who better than a new bread of garage allstars. So solid aint thugs! granted some of them have had criminal pasts, but then again so has michael jackson and other well knowns! so solid are an immensly talented collective of young black english men and women, whom most of hooked up not thru crime but musical backgrounds.

So Solid Didnt kill garage, they helped put it back where it belongs, the uk underground!the sounds and influences filter thru to the mainstream in other ways. And the short lived legacy of mainstream success lives on. Garage i believe is made by people for the love of music! not for the uk umber 1 although that is a nice thought to have achieved as so solid did, but i feel that the love of the music weather it be dark and grimey, sexy and soulful or bumpy ukg shines thru this success. anyways who wants simon cowell for a fucking boss!

Garage is a self sufficent genre and has been thru alot of trasintions, as did jungle back in the day, it went back underground leaving the hevons saying jungle is dead, them along comes d'n'b a new and exciting genre taking on the elements of jungle. garage is the same thru grime bassline and dubstep!

Thats what ukg does it sneaks up in a new guise and bites the misers in the arse!
originalnuttah

originalnuttah

April 21, 2005
edited over 16 years ago
Surprised that there are no comments so far.
So Solid Crew were probably the main reason for the decline of UK Garage. They arrived just as it had hit its commercial peak and unfortunately brought all the bad press into the scene.
It seemed to change from being about the music into your attitude and how you dressed. There was also a shift from the 2-step or 4/4 beats with house vocals into a rap element and harder bass line than before. Prior to them you had good UK Garage music made by Artful Dodger, MJ Cole, Shanks & Bigfoot, Dreem Teem, Reservoir Dogs, Bump & Flex, Dem 2...
Very few UK Garage tracks since 2001 are worth a mention and although the scene carries along 'underground' in the UK, the music made now just isn't as good as it once was.
If you like UK Garage, then you would probably class 1997-2001 is the period that produced its finest music moments.

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