Can't believe no-one's mentioned the So Solid controversy yet, especially one member being convicted of assault for smashing a 15-yr old girl's jaw when she spurned his sexual advances.
My take is: a lot of the Crew are obviously twats, Skat D especially. (Incidentally, I would love to ask Lisa Maffia exactly what she thinks of her fellow band member's misogyny.) However, you don't need to be a nice person to produce great music, and SSC do that admirably - '21 Seconds' was, frankly, genius. They're clearly preoccupied with violence, but then so is Tarantino.
Still, Oxide & Neutrino are *much* better on their own - their Execute album is more coherent and more innovative than the SSC album - 'Devil's Nightmare', what a tune - and SSC's paranoia is getting a bit wearing. Musically they're amazing, but they seem to have very little to say beyond how much money they're earning and ranting insanely about imaginary 'haters'. Still, great performance at the Brits, fantastic revival of the indie ethic, and they blow most other things in the charts out of the water.