NEWPORT rappers Goldie Lookin' Chain have hit out at the makers of online music sensation Newport (Ymerodraeth - State of Mind) by making their own video to set out the truth about the city.

Their comedy rap, also set to the tune of Jay Z's Empire State of Mind featuring Alicia Keys, pokes fun at the YouTube hit’s creators because they are not from Newport.

The song’s lyrics say Newport is famous for being home to the Ryder Cup, cheese and chips and places like Pillgwenlly and Lliswerry.

More than 33,000 people have viewed Newport State of Mind (You're Not From Newport) since it was uploaded onto YouTube on Sunday.

Group member Rhys Hutchings, also known as Xain, said he heard someone else was rapping about Newport, which GLC have been doing for a decade, and was surprised to hear they were not from the city.

Mr Hutchings said: “I thought that’s not very fair, they’re not even from Newport and they’re talking about people that don’t have anything to do with it like Craig Bellamy and Gavin Henson.

“But I also thought it’s nice that they’ve got such an affection for Newport to make it.”

He woke up at 6am last Thursday feeling inspired to pen a reply, wrote the lyrics and had recorded the song by 10am.

He was out filming around the city by midday with the help of other GLC members and his friend Jon Lawrence.

Newport (Ymerodraeth - State of Mind) director MJ Delaney, 24, said she was flattered their video had caused such a reaction.