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Record deal for Newport rappers
Members of GLC
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A Newport rap band have signed a deal with the record company which catapulted rockers The Darkness to stardom.

The Goldie Lookin' Chain signed the five-album deal with East West records outside the Houses of Parliament.

The group got their break after supporting The Darkness on their UK tour.

Band member Mystikal said the rappers were "over the moon".

Speaking outside Westminster, he said: "We are surfing on the crest of a wave and we are hoping to take the record world by storm.

"If this signing is anything to go by, it is going to be mad.

The Darkness
GLC are now on the same label as The Darkness

"I think we are going to become the rap equivalent of Chas and Dave - and everyone knows that no one likes a party better than Chas and Dave."

The band, which is also known as GLC, has about nine core members but are often joined by others to make up a stage presence of about 23.

In an earlier interview to BBC News Online, John Rutledge, one of the founder members, said: "It's hip-hop but it's exactly the opposite of what hip-hop should be.

They claim to be "recreating urban poetry" and use many of the words and phrases which they hear on the streets of Newport.

Paul Flynn, the Labour MP for Newport came out to congratulate them and it has been amazing
Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
And they have become known by their catch phrase "you knows it".

The signing was watched by BBC Radio 1 presenter Huw Stephens.

"They signed outside the Houses of Parliament this afternoon and there was sausage rolls and raspberry lemonade," he said.

"They have been running around with placards and having a great time.

"Paul Flynn, the Labour MP for Newport came out to congratulate them and it has been amazing," he added.

'Great day'

And Paul Hawkins, who runs record shop Diverse Music in the group's home city said it was a "great day" for the band.

"We have supported them from the beginning and we have people coming in every day asking for their stuff.

"It is a great day for them today, they are label mates with The Darkness and they should make hay while the sun shines.

"It all started out as something of a parody and a joke which just seems to have mushroomed.

"What was just a Newport obsession with them looks likely to become a national obsession."

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