Werd (SOS) is an Edinburgh based emcee and recording artist with over twenty years’ experience in the Scottish music scene. His music catalogue must be the largest in the genre of Scottish Hip Hop, having run his own studio and helped record over fifty different Scottish based emcees, with over thirty five releases on his independent ‘Sons of Scotland‘ publishing. In recent years he’s better known for showcasing local talent via ‘The Hip-Hop House‘ gig nights at Sketchy Beats Café which quickly became a cornerstone for rap and grime in Scotland.
The award-winning Hip Hop artist has played most of the Scottish music festivals, as well as helping run tents at Lindisfarne and Doune the Rabbit Hole. He’s also enjoyed a full run at Edinburgh Fringe with ‘This is Ceilidh‘ theatre production rapping Robert Burns material – which also included a week-long run at London’s South Bank Festival. Furthermore, he’s unbeaten in BBC‘s ‘Poets vrs Rappers‘ stage-show which was also televised. Recently in 2023 he helped create the soundtrack to BBC’s ‘Ball or Nothing‘ documentary series which aired on national television in Scotland and iPlayer throughout the UK.
‘But Doctor, I Am Pagliacci‘ will be his fourth (and perhaps final) solo studio album. It’s dedicated in memory of Jamei-Lee Lister, who also features on the track Slippin’ Persona. The album also features some of the best, most well-respected, producers in Scotland and the UK.
Werd hopes that this album can help others like it helped him through depression and grief. He has created songs that deal with mental health issues, politics, climate change and many other serious subjects. With nineteen tracks in total, running at just over an hour, there should be something for all Hip Hop and local music fans.