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Lisa Maffia: First Lady

Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, 1 August 2003

JUST BECAUSE So Solid Crew are paranoid, it doesn't mean someone isn't after them. Since the 30-odd-strong UK garage cartel emerged from Battersea in south London two years ago, they have made more appearances on news pages than music ones. It sometimes seems that certain tabloids would happily blame them for everything from the dodgy Iraq weapons dossier to Tim Henman's early exit from Wimbledon. But even their stoutest defenders couldn't deny that the build-up to the solo debut of Lisa Maffia, the collective's most popular member, has been eventful.

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