Steffan Cravos

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Steffan Cravos / Lambchop
Birth nameSteffan Cravos
Also known asLambchop
Born1975 (age 46–47)
OriginCardiff, Wales
GenresRap, hip hop
Occupation(s)DJ, musician, artist
InstrumentsTurntables
Years active1991–present
LabelsFitamin Un

Steffan Cravos (born 1975, in Cardiff)[1][2] is a Welsh rap and hip hop musician and artist.

As "DJ Lambchop", Cravos is known for his "rub and scratch" turntablist style. He is also the founding member of Tystion,[3] a Welsh hip hop band.

He was briefly involved with an early line-up of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci playing violin and sound effects,[4] and is credited on several songs on their early-years compilation Patio.

Projects[edit]

Fitamin Un[edit]

In 1996, Cravos set up his own record label, Recordiau Fitamin Un. Fed up with the scene in Wales, he created it to be an outlet for some of his projects (like Tystion) and other underground material. Other bands released on the label include Llwybr Llaethog, "Pep Le Pew", "Trawsfynydd Lo-Fi" (aka Liberation Front), and "Continuous Sound Labordy Swn Cont". All of Fitamin Un's releases have been archived by The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales at The National Library of Wales.[5]

Radio Amgen[edit]

Radio Amgen provides numerous rare mp3's to listen to on the computer. The tracks are from an eclectic mix of artists in both Welsh and English languages, as well as links to artists, labels, other mp3s, and institutions. Radio Amgen translated as Alternative Radio, also gave many amateur djs and music producers the opportunity to showcase their creations. Such successful introducing radio shows include Dander Radio, produced by Aron Jones.

Tystion (1991–2002)[edit]

Tystion began in 1991. Cravos, aged 16, and influenced by the sounds of Public Enemy and Dead Kennedys, worked from his bedroom in Carmarthen using two tape decks and a mixer. He wanted to create an answer to the current state of the Welsh musical mainstream. By 1995, he was joined by Gruff Meredith.

Lo-Cut and Sleifar[edit]

Cravos worked on this project with Murry the Hump member/producer Lo-Cut (Curig Huws) and put out an album in 2004 on Boobytrap Records. They were based in Cardiff and established their partnership in Paris.

"Music for the feet and music for the mind" — their definition of hip-hop - is the English translation of the title.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Label Additional information
2004 Miwsig I'ch Traed A Miwsig I'ch Meddwl Boobytrap Records

Welsh language[edit]

In April 2005 Cravos became president and chairman of Cymdeithas yr Iaith (Welsh Language Society), having been involved with the society and its activities since the 1990s.[1] In November 2005, after being involved in a protest at BBC Radio's Narberth office, he was accused of breaking a BBC employee's wrist whilst pushing open a door.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rapper Steffan minds his language". Wales Online. 11 April 2005. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Language chairman denies causing injury". Wales Online. 17 November 2005. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Tystion biography". BBC Wales Music. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Gorky's Zygotic Mynci – Patio (1995, CD)".
  5. ^ 'Fitami Un' at The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales

Projects[edit]

MP3s[edit]

Welsh-language rap[edit]