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LC have been making their hilarious rap tunes


and parodies since they were teenagers. Teir unique brand of humour and fun is infectious and carefree, but rooted deeply in their genuine love for hip hop. Headlining at Symmetry Festival this June, I spoke to founding member Eggsy about being famous, his favourite rappers and watching Dad’s Army on the telly.


How did you all get together originally in Newport, Wales? Well, a lot of us were schoolmates or we skated together, or went to the pub together. I love hip hop and wanted to write weird rhymes, Rhys wanted to make weird beats so we started off together. We got bored of going to the same pub every night so we would ask people to come round and have a go on a track we were making on a computer. Ten some of the other boys would come round and were like “right, what do I have to do?” and I’d say “just say something weird into the microphone”. So it’s an organic sort of thing, we’ve just known each other for a long time, and we’ve always had an open door policy with what we do – if you turn up and have got something to put into the mix then put it in. Tat’s why there are so many of us, because people come and go. I know you all do stuff outside GLC; you’ve been working on a really funny


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new show for BBC Radio Wales called Te Unexplainers. Can you tell us a bit about it? Is it scripted? Tanks for listening to it, that means a lot. We just finished the final episode last night. It really blurs the line between scripted and unscripted. We research a topic, find people to interview and then pretty much it’s me and Mike, a stand up comedian, vibing off what’s going on, and it’s crazy but in a good way. Te production on it is fantastic. You could technically have made it in a studio and scripted it all, but it’s not – we get out


there, let it happen and we have a laugh. It’s a heightened reality, like in GLC. Back in 2002/3 you had a massive hit with Guns Don’t Kill People, and your debut album Greatest Hits did really well in the charts. Did you anticipate this success and what was the hardest thing to deal with? It was really weird, it all happened incredibly fast. We went round the world and there was a bidding war between Atlantic and Sony for us. To get signed to a serious label like Atlantic was amazing, surreal and intense. To this day people


“Most people were on hard drugs but I’d ask for a cup of tea.”


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