- 04 Mar 19
The hip-hop group have responded to a DUP politician's condemnation of their Empire Music Hall show in typical form.
West Belfast trio KNEECAP, made up of Gaeilgeoir rappers Móglaí Bap, Mo Chara and DJ Próvaí, have found themselves in hot water after their show at Belfast's Empire Music Hall on February 28.
As reported by the Belfast Telegraph, the DUP's Christopher Stalford, a South Belfast MLA, has condemned the 'Brits out' chants that were recorded at the gig - which took place the day after Prince William and Kate Middleton were photographed pulling pints of Harp at the venue.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge delivered a simple message about bringing people together," Stalford said. "This hate-filled chanting is the very antithesis of what was said by the Royals."
Stalford also said he expected "fulsome condemnation from all leaders in South Belfast about this outrageous behaviour."
Taking to Twitter, KNEECAP claimed that the chant was actually "about Brexit".
Sure it was about Brexit https://t.co/Pcllr1W3l0
— KNEECAP (@KNEECAPCEOL) March 3, 2019
The group and their fans have responded to the media coverage with typical humour.
This wasn't the group's first brush with controversy. In late 2017, their song 'C.E.A.R.T.A' was pulled from RTE's Raidio na Gaeltachta schedule for its references to drugs and the PSNI.
KNEECAP have spent February touring throughout Ireland, with stops at Cork's An Spailpin Fanach, Galway's Roisin Dubh, Dublin's Workman's Club and Limerick's Pharmacia. They are set to play University College Dublin on Thursday, March 7.