Credit To The Nation
Among the most commercially viable of new UK hip hop groups, Credit To The Nation comprise Matty Hanson (b. 1971, Wednesbury, West Midlands, England, aka MC Fusion), with his dancers, Tyrone and Kelvin (aka T-Swing and Mista-G). Credit To The Nation broke through in 1993 after several months of sponsorship by agit-prop anarchists Chumbawamba, with whom they recorded their first, joint single. They also shared a lyrical platform which attacked racism, sexism and homophobia. Hanson took time out to point out the flaws in the gangsta philosophies of Ice-T, Onyx and the like, but received short shrift from hardcore hip hop fans. Credit To The Nation broke through with Call It What You Want, which cheekily sampled the guitar motif used by Nirvana on Smells Like Teen Spirit. This helped them find an audience in hip indie kids outside of the hardcore rap fraternity. There was a backlash to be observed: after threats to his life he was eventually forced to move out of his home in Wednesbury, West Midlands. The band continued with the release of the singles Teenage Sensation, which went Top 30, and Hear No Bullshit, See No Bullshit, Say No Bullshit — often dedicated to the likes of East 17 and Kriss Kross on stage. Cuts on their debut album included pro-female tracks like The Lady Needs Respect, the anthemic Pump Your Fist, on which Tyrone enjoys a rare chance to rap, and Rising Tide, influenced by the election of BNP councillor Derek Beacon. Among the samples were Benjamin Britten, Glenn Miller, the Sex Pistols and even the Coldstream Guards.
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