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Banksy interviews Run The Jewels ahead of Dismaland performance

24 August 2015, 08:54 | Written by Laurence Day

Ahead of their performance at Banksy's new Dismaland exhibition at Weston-Super-Mare, Run The Jewels have had a chat with the elusive artist.

In their interview, El-P and Killer Mike discuss a variety of topics, including YouTube videos, Rihanna, and Kanye West, but they also got a lot deeper:

Banksy: I like to ask artists this question: if you could choose only one, would you rather be thought of as a great artist or a nice person?

EL-P: Interesting question. We all want recognition and validation to an extent for our art, but greatness as a trade for decency is a risky proposition. In my life I try to leave the people I encounter with the feeling that they have been respected and treated with warmth and appreciation. Being known as honorable is way more important to me. But being that my career is in the public and my personal relationships are ultimately private, I suppose, for the sake of the question, being considered a great artist publicly means a bit more than being considered a nice guy publicly. Although I like to think I am thought of in that way. Point being, I don’t get paid to be a nice guy, I just try to be one.

Killer Mike: I don’t know what the hell the future brings. If I did, I would play the lotto and win the mega millions and buy toy cars, real muscle cars, sneakers and art. I cannot lie: as good as it feels to get my deserved props, the best part of reading social media after I meet folks is reading: “Mike was a nice guy”. I believe being honourable lasts longer than rapping good.

Read the interview in full on The Guardian's website.

Dismaland is a temporary 'Bemusement Park' oozing with Banksy's satirical touch; it will show for five weeks at the Tropicana lido at Weston-Super-Mare, and tickets are currently only available on the door, on a first come first served basis. Tickets will reportedly be available online from tomorrow, but, well, let's wait and see.

Check out the full list of Dismaland shows below. More information about them can be found over here.

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