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Tystion

TystionA militant Welsh rap duo featuring Steffan 'MC Sleifar' Cravos and Gruff 'G Man' Meredith, the pair formed Tystion in 1991, releasing the homemade cassettes 'Dyma'r Dystiolaeth' (1995) and 'Tystion vs Allfa Un' (1996) on their own label Fitamin Un. Both were proudly Welsh language releases and were followed in 1997 by the full length 'Rhaid I Rhywbeth Ddigwydd (Something's Got To Happen)', which chronicled Cardiff life in painful detail with such lyrical concerns as 'going to the Spar to buy Wagon Wheels'. Welsh label Ankstmusik liked the album and reissued some of the tracks as the 'The Brewer Spinks EP', while 1999's more ambitious 'Shrug Off Ya Complex' had over 20 different musicians contributing. Cravos's passion for political material didn't sit well with Meredith, who left shortly afterwards and 2000's 'Hen Gelwydd Prydain Newydd' was an all-out anti-New Labour diatribe. After one more album, Cravos split the band in 2002.

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