Thursday, April 07, 2011
ISN'T THAT SOME RAP DUDE RIPPING OFF NIRVANA?
mp3 : Credit To The Nation - Call It What You Want
And it is rather excellent if I may be allowed to voice my opinion.
This lot comprised Matty Hanson aka MC Fusion and two dancers known as T-Swing and Mista-G.
Matt Hanson was a 22 years of age when this single appeared in 1993. His approach to rap was very different to much of what was popular at the time (De La Soul excepted) in that his lyrics made clear his abhorrence of homphobia and sexism. By utilising the riff from Smells Like Teen Spirit, he gained a wider audience for his music, but the single itself stalled at a disappointing #57.
Neverthless, he was able to gradually build-up enough of a following to ensure that the third single Teenage Sensation got into the Top 30, while debut LP Take 'Dis reached the Top 20.
After that however, just about nothing. New material released in 1995 and 1996 met with both a poor critical response and sales and the act were dropped by One Little Indian records. There was a tie-up with a German label in 1998 but only one single was ever released. One of the reasons suggested for the sudden demise of Credit to The Nation was that Matty Hanson had developed a drug dependancy problem.....
There are rumours, if the wikipedia entry is to be believed, the Credit to The Nation have reformed and are planning to release new material in 2011. While wishing them good luck, it is hard to imagine that many of their fans from the early 90s will be rushing out to buy the new stuff or go see them perform. And I can't see the youth of today rushing to embrace a 40-year old rapper coming back on the scene after a 15-year absence...
Here's yer b-sides:-
mp3 : Credit To The Nation - Call It What You Want (remix)
mp3 : Credit To The Nation - The Lady Needs Respect
Here's the promo:-