So Solid Crew founder Megaman rapped to an Old Bailey jury yesterday in order to stress that he did not order the killing of a man last year (October 11).
Dwayne Vincent – known as Megaman in the south London garage collective – told the court that he had no part in the murder of Colin Scarlett on an estate in November 2004.
During his appearance in the dock, he protested against earlier claims by the prosecution that So Solid Crew’s lyrics promoted guns and violence and that, in his case, art mirrored real life.
Rapping the chorus of ‘Ghetto Anthem’ to the jury and Judge Brian Barker, Vincent claimed that the track was a call for unity rather than confrontation.
The lyrics include the lines: “The east side’s fighting the west side. It’s about time that we flip the script, let’s stick together, all turn legit.”
Vincent also claimed that it was incorrect to compare his personality with that of his [s]So Solid Crew[/a] alter ego Megaman and the use of violence in the band’s records.
He said: “It was not in my mind to glorify violence. Megaman was just a character. Megaman is a musician, and me personally, I am a businessman. There are certain things you do in your career and things you do in your social life and you can’t really mix the two.”
Vincent is accused of encouraging his friend, Carl Morgan, to shoot a man, Colin Scarlett, dead.
According to The Guardian, the prosecution alleges that Scarlett and Morgan clashed last November in a domestic row.
Scarlett was in a relationship with Elisha McFarlane, who had previously been Morgan’s girlfriend and is the mother of his two children.
The prosecution claim that following a fight between Morgan and Scarlett, Morgan called Vincent to seek retribution.
Vincent told the court that he knew nothing of the dispute and only drove to the scene as Morgan had directed him there. He also claims that he tried to mediate in a row and denies telling Morgan to shoot Scarlett with the words “burst him”.
He said: “I ain’t going to encourage my friend to kill anyone. It’s ridiculous.”
Both defendants deny the murder charges. The case continues.