GLC (rapper)

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Not to be confused with British hip-hop group Goldie Lookin Chain or Greater London Council.
Birth name Leonard Harris[1]
Born Chicago, Illinois
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Hip hop
Instruments Rapping
Years active 2003–present
Labels Ism Music
Associated acts Kanye West, Keezo Kane, Consequence, Really Doe, Kid Cudi, The Legendary Traxster, King Chip

Leonard D. Harris, better known by his stage name GLC, is an American rapper from Chicago.


Early life[edit]

Leonard L. Harris was intrigued by hip-hop at an early age. It seemed to parallel street life and the OG's he witnessed being successful in his 87th Street, south side of Chicago neighborhood. To young Leonard, rappers seemed to be in control of their own destiny, made a living being creative and attracted money, power and women. Dealing with the passing of his both his parents at a young age, hip-hop gave young Leonard something to occupy himself with as opposed to focusing on something he couldn't change. He chose to adapt. Seeing and being surrounded by negativity only leads to two things; either you become a product of your environment, or you make your environment a product of you. Without a father in his household, growing up, Harris became a member of the Chicago street gang Gangster Disciples. As an adult Harris has toured the world, releasing 19 projects with his 20th on the way. GLC has been on a tare of solid releases over the past few years. "Silence of the Lames" is his most recent and "The Pulpit", featuring Get Gwop is due out soon. He has written and performed on two grammy award winning albums and is extremely active in the community, having spoken to several schools in the Chicago Public School System. He believes it is his responsibility to inform the youth of Chicago, "As long as you apply yourself to supply your wealth the only limitations you'll ever have are those that you place upon yourself!"

Music career[edit]

During his teenage years and due to his street affiliation, Harris adopted the name GLC, or 'Gangsta Legendary Crisis'. In 2005-2006 he signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label, and was featured in "Spaceship" from West's album The College Dropout, and "Drive Slow" from Late Registration, both of which are Grammy Award winning albums. He was one-third of the Chicago rap group The Go Getters with Kanye West and label-mate Really Doe. The group released one album together called World Record Holders. GL has worked with the likes of Bun B, Nas, Jay-Z, T.I., Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, Twista, John Legend, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Dame Dash, Keyshia Cole, Paul Wall, Crucial Conflict, Manfred Mann & Bruce Springsteen. He continues to contribute quality memorable "ismfied" verses as guest appearances as well as dropping quality projects of his own. His last 2 projects have surpassed 30,000 downloads a piece as he sets to release his latest offering - Ism Churchill with Mr Live.


Studio albums[edit]



  • 2004: Hood Celebrity
  • 2006: Drive Slow Mixtape
  • 2007: Honor Me
  • 2007: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
  • 2008: I Ain't Even On Yet
  • 2008: Windy City Of Angels
  • 2008: Similar To The Letters
  • 2009: Respect My Come Up Vol. 1 "Pimp Dilemmas"
  • 2010: Respect My Come Up 2 (The Ism)
  • 2010: Best Of The Ism
  • 2011: The Fellowship Of The Ism
  • 2011: I Know Who You Pimped Last Summer
  • 2011: Young Platinum
  • 2011: Eternal Sunshine Of The Pimpin Mind
  • 2012: Fellowship & Congregate
  • 2012: Cathedral
  • 2012: The Anti Simp
  • 2012: Silence of the Lames
  • 2013: The Pulpit
  • 2013: Ism Churchill
  • 2014: By Ism Means Necessary

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Encore" 2003 Jay-Z The Black Album
"Spaceship" 2004 Kanye West The College Dropout
"Drive Slow" 2005 Kanye West, Paul Wall Late Registration
"Let's Get it Poppin'" 2006 Various Artists MTV: My Block Chicago
"Disperse" 2008 Consequence, Really Doe Don't Quit Your Day Job!
"Fabric" 2009 Really Doe, Malik Yusef First Impressions
"Real Live" 2010 Bun B Trill OG
"Mirrors" (Remix) XV, Mike Posner, Bun B Vizzy Zone
"The End" Kid Cudi Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
"Perfect Ten" Cory Mo, Slim Thug, CP It's Been About Time
"Let The Pimpin’ Commence" Cory Mo, Mistah F.A.B
"Blame Yourself" 2011 XV, Emilio Rojas, Casey N/A
"Poe Man's Dreams (His Vice)" Kendrick Lamar "Section.80"
"Not The One" 2012 The World Famous Tony Williams Some Of My Best Rappers Are Friends
"The Hood" BBU bell hooks
"Celebration of Life Illz" (Remix) Neak, Lungz Love Greater // The Prequel
"Incredible" Kydd Sounds In My Head 2
"Lone Star" Jon Connor, Bun B While You Were Sleeping
"You Don't Know" JNan, Kanye West Fast Food
"Already" JNan
"Pimpin'" Boaz, Chevy Woods Bases Loaded
"Russian Roulette" Kydd The Righteous LP
"Seen This Before" Fly Union Value Pack 7 (Zenith)
"Yo Bitch Choose Me" Cory Mo, Bun B Country Rap Tunes 2
"Rise" 2013 Rudy G & Doc J Last Shot
"Windows Down" 2014 Ether Q Windy City Diary

Blitz: The League II[edit]

GLC has appeared in the 2008 football game Blitz: The League II as "Franchise", the player you control in the campaign mode.


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