I was in a huge noughties band but I spent all my cash on cars and jewellery – now I run a beauty salon in Margate | The Sun

SO Solid Crew legend Lisa Maffia is running a beauty salon in Margate after her national fame.

The rapper and singer is one of the biggest names in UK garage.

She enjoyed the perks of her success and splurged thousands as she reaped the rewards from her hits All Over, In Love, and of course So Solid bangers 21 Seconds and They Don't Know.

She said about her life in The Guardian last year: "Three cars in the driveway, so much jewellery, clothes in abundance, limousines!"

Lisa also revealed she started her own booking agency UC Bookings – initially with herself as the only client.

She said she would call clubs up and down the country pretending to be 'Lisa's assistant' and asking if they'd like to book the So Solid star for a personal appearance.


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"The bookings came in almost immediately. I hustle. Never been afraid to hustle," she added.

Decades later, she has reunited with So Solid on the festival circuit and is regulary spotted on red carpets and at TV events.

But the Brixton star has also relocated to seaside town Margate and reinvented herself as a beauty salon owner during lockdown.

She said: "By April 2020, 59 events through UC Bookings werer cancelled and I started to panic.

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"I was thinking wow what now! I had a full diary in January 2020, the year was looking great.

"One by one the gigs where going. I had just toured, had a load of money from it so decided to push it into Salon 48.

"Sadly after gutting it, we was unable to build because all the shops were closed due to the pandemic."

She added: "In October 2020 we finally opened our doors, only to be closed again 2 weeks later then the government allowed us to open again but closed again a week later! Madness. We managed to launch without a launch party."

Lisa, now 43, now offers customer treatments including teeth whitening and massages.

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