21 Seconds

So Solid Crew

About 21 Seconds

"21 Seconds" is a song by UK garage crew So Solid Crew. It was released as the second single from the debut album They Don't Know, and was the first of five consecutive Top 20 hit singles for the group. It was number one on the UK Singles Chart in August 2001, while it peaked just outside the top 40 in the Netherlands. It achieved first week sales of 118,135 units in the United Kingdom. In September 2019, NME included the song in their "25 essential UK garage anthems" list.


Year:
2004
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Ha, ha, ha, whatcha laughin at?

Megaman up first and he won't second no shit
I ain't got the time to smoke this, hold this
Yo G, roll by in a blacked out TT, Megaman carry two gats easy
Seeing stars, and a mister wanna jack me
Jack me say come step to me, the last
Thing that you saw was icy, bitch
Say nigga wanna see Mega get rich
But niggas don't really want Mega to be rich
Say nigga wanna see Mega get rich
But niggas don't really want Mega to be rich

Asher D's never fading
Strugglin' stay strong 'til I'm bathin'
The A to the D's never phasing
I run a drum of enemies if you're racing (chasing)
So Solid are amazing
An' you G's are bound to be lacing
Addicted to this life that we're tastin'
You blame me for the life you been wasting
Your hating, but there's money to be making
Actor, MC and now I'm rakin'
Smoking mad g's like a jamaican
So when you're looking at me you start takin', creating

Thug of the family, who could I be?
M with the A to the C that's me
Thug of the family, who could I be?
M with the A to the C that's me
M - A - C still thuggin
Shot Benz in a rave when I'm clubbin
Ladies come around and they buggin
Make g's like if I was robbin
Player haters they are
Watching and they're plottin and they're watchin my stocks
Watching and they're plottin and they're watchin my stops
Watching and they're plottin and they're watchin my crops
Never gonna stop
Never gonna stop

I got 21 seconds to flow
I got 21 seconds to go
'Cos if you like me lemme know
Let me in da studio
I got 21 seconds before I got to go
Did you see me on the video 'oh no'
Did you see me on the video 'oh no'
So if you like me lemme know
Let me in da studio
I got 21 seconds before I got to go
Did you see me on the video 'oh no'
Did you see me on the video 'oh no'
So if you like me lemme know
Let me in da studio
I got 21 seconds before I gotta go

21 seconds, t - t - t
21 seconds, t - t - t
21 seconds, t - t - t
21 seconds, t - t - t

Every lyric I do
Every lyric I say
Every lyric I rock
Every lyric I play
Every lyric I make
Every lyric I break
There's always a snake when I get in my gate
Way... through the tunnel
21 seconds and you're in trouble
You better move on the double
When I double my cash
When I double my dough
21 seconds Harvey's gonna flow
And if I step on my toe
We're still gonna go
When I'm on a high
When I'm on a low
When I'm on a break
When I'm on a roll
Hype it up
Oh, oh no

Turn up the bassline
I got 21 seconds to chat this rhyme in time
First of all I'm gonna big up da ladies
Lookin' slender n' fine, mmm mine
Don't gimme no deadline
Gimme some more time
Gimme 29, seconds to chat this rhyme
Other MC's wait in line
How old am I? 21
I got 21 seconds den my vocals done
2 multiplied by 10 plus 1
Romeo done

I got 21 seconds to pass the mic
I got 21 seconds to say what I gotta say
But you don't like me anyway
Nah I won't hesitate
So Solid Crew is here to stay
We're gonna get right to the top of it
'Cos I, I got-got got-got twenty
'Cos I, I got-got got-got twenty
'Cos I, I only got 21 seconds

Some of them are slippin ah
Some of them begrudge me ah
So Solid vampire
See me on the telly ha
Face gettin' popular, ha what?
Some are chat shittin' ah
No disrespectin' the threat of my clique ya nah
Raise up the dead an' ah
Worship the devil
Red is my best colour
So Solid we are players, instigators
Gimmie a girl, I make her famous
I send 'em back to you, she gettin' papers
21 seconds to get papers

Please set ya mind free, 'cos I gotta key
Turn 'em off of all my pain, can you feel me
Trend setter, change like the weather, ugh
21 secs the more better
Ayeee, you dun know
You, you dun know
So Solid Crew we run the show
And if you don't know please lemme know please lemme know
Scatt D don't snitch
No need to go to the feds to get rich
I just lay on the track and insert the hit
And get paid all day long-g-g

I got 21 seconds to flow
I got 21 seconds to go
'Cos if you like me lemme know
Let me in da studio
I got 21 seconds before I got to go
Did you see me on the video 'oh no'
Did you see me on the video 'oh no'
So if you like me lemme know
Let me in da studio
I got 21 seconds before I got to go
Did you see me on the video 'oh no'
Did you see me on the video 'oh no'
So if you like me lemme know
Let me in da studio
I got 21 seconds before I gotta go

21 seconds, t - t - t
21 seconds, t - t - t
21 seconds, t - t - t
21 seconds, t - t - t

I got 21 seconds to flow
I got 21 seconds to go
'Cos if you like me lemme know
Let me in da studio
I got 21 seconds before I got to go
Did you see me on the video 'oh no'
Did you see me on the video 'oh no'
So if you like me lemme know
Let me in da studio
I got 21 seconds before I got to go
Did you see me on the video 'oh no'
Did you see me on the video 'oh no'
So if you like me lemme know
Let me in da studio
I got 21 seconds before I gotta go

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So Solid Crew

So Solid Crew are an English UK garage, grime and hip hop group originating from Battersea, whose hits include "Oh No (Sentimental Things)" and "21 Seconds", the latter reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart in August 2001. Another hit, "They Don't Know", reached number three in November 2001 and "Haters" got to number eight in January 2002. "Ride Wid Us" was less successful (UK number 19 in April 2002). They released a single, "Broken Silence" which spoke out about government prejudice which they felt they had faced. more »

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Written by: Ashley Walters, Darren Weir, Dwayne Vincent, Jason Moore, Jason T Phillips, Jermaine Williams, Lisa Maffia, Mahtari Aminu, Marvin Dawkins, Michael Jr Harvey, Shane Christopher Neil

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10 facts about this song

Release Date
The song "21 Seconds" by So Solid Crew was released on 6th August 2001.
Chart Performance
It reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in August 2001, staying at the top spot for just one week.
Album Performance
"21 Seconds" is from their debut album "They Don’t Know" which was also a commercial success, reaching number six on the UK Albums Chart.
Musical Genre
The song belongs to the UK garage, grime, and hip hop sub-genres of music.
Group Formation
So Solid Crew is a British-based music collective of around 19 members which includes numerous rappers, DJs, and producers.
Song Duration
True to its title, each member of the group gets approximately 21 seconds in the song to showcase their talent.
Awards
The group won the BRIT Award for Best British Video for "21 Seconds" in 2002.
Controversies
The group was often associated with controversies, including violence and legal issues, which cumulatively led to them being banned from many venues and events.
Legacy
"21 Seconds" and So Solid Crew as a group had a massive impact on the UK garage scene and played a significant role in paving the way for the grime music genre.
Trivia
The phrase "21 seconds" doesn't just refer to the time each member gets to perform in the song, but also refers to the pressure of having to deliver within a limited time frame.

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