Coco Solid Profile

aka Jessica Hansell
Martyn Pepperell
Published: 24 May 2013
Updated: 3 Aug 2020

Jessica Hansell is an Auckland-born rapper, singer and songwriter who performs and records under the stage name Coco Solid.

Now a solo project, Coco Solid first began as a duo, with Hansell recording and performing alongside fellow rapper and visual artist Benjamin Buchanan, who works under the stage name Erik Ultimate. Hansel and Buchanan recorded regularly with deceased punk producer ALC5 and often performed with DJ Han Baby.

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Coco Solid - Denim and Leather (2004)
Poster for Coco Solid's 2017 mix Alumni, for Red Bull Radio. 
Parallel Dance Ensemble - Weight Watchers (2009)
Coco Solid - Pacific Rims EP (2011)
Electrik Love
Coco Solid - Denim & Leisure (2005)
Coco Solid - The Radical Bad Attack (2008)
Coco Solid - Slow Torture (feat. Disasteradio)
Cokes - a Coco Solid mixtape for Waitangi Day, 2018.
Photo credit: Pati Solomona Tyrell
Aroha Bridge - Season One, Episode One
Crime Fighters
Rap n Roll with Flight of the Conchords
Coco Solid and Erik Ultimate photographed for the back of Denim & Leisure (2005).
Coco Solid - Gentlemen Prefer Bombz (2006)

Hansell and Erik Ultimate rapped with Flight Of The Conchords at SXSW in 2006.

Hansell's song Denim & Leather was sampled by Princess Superstar in her song Monday Morning.


ISM Records

Red Bull Music Academy

Permanent Vacation


Jessica Hansell

Benjamin Buchanan