The Solar Panel are, if you will, a sort of Wu-Like organization. They're all affiliated with one another, and are kind of like a large group. Included within the group, you have Self Scientific, Kombo, Eternal Meazure, DVD, DJ Khalil, Twisted Angles, and a load more.
The compilation 'Underground Platinum : Chapter 1' is a mixture of tracks, interludes and instrumentals. And, it is pretty effective. However, there are some faults. Some of the interludes, which describe the group, feel out of place and don't work well, plus the tracks don't flow too well into one another. But, that doesn't happen throughout the compilation, just on some parts.
The only track I recognized which is on this compilation, that I'd heard before, was 'Pop Sh!t' by Kombo. I think a lot of people were feeling that when it dropped earlier in the year, well, it's included here.
DJ Khalil is the most prominent man on this compilation; he handles the intro (which contains a scratched up sample of RZA saying "Solar Panels") and produces a lot of these tracks. Other producers on the compilation include Evidence on Amad Jamal's 'Start To Finish,' Voodoo on Lao Fai's 'Black Vegas' and E. Meeks on Prophetix' 'Up On It.'
The rhymes are on the whole, well done. Self Scientific drop some nice shit on '35 Bars.' And another example of some real nice lyricism is on 'Declaration.' Where Eternal Meazure and Chace Infinite trade verses over a beat, which feels like it's in motion.
Basically, the compilation features a selection of pretty nice tracks. But, tracks like 'Where The Party At' by Ji-Had Frequency lower its quality, as the content isn't really original, or very well done (in comparison to the rest of the compilation). Definitely worth checking out, but it's not a compilation which everyone will feel. You can purchase the compilation at www.cdbaby.com.