Gran raps into da 'hood

GRANNY'S got talent.

Sixty-nine-year-old Mary Remedios, also known as "The Granny Rapper", will be taking her hip-hop rapping act on national television after being selected for Channel 7's new season of Australias Got Talent.

The Murwillumbah resident and her 50-year-old son, Francis Exon, dubbed "The Prodigal Son", were successful in their audition last month and will now compete with other weird and wonderful acts vying for a $250,000 grand prize.

Determined to spread the word of positiveness and non-judgement through their songs, the mother-son duo cannot wait to burst onto the televised stage and "spit out quirky raps that'll get your attention".

"The Granny is all about bringing back old-fashioned values like please and thank you," Mrs Remedios said yesterday. "Compassion is my passion, man."

Decked out in big gold chains, large sunnies and a backward-facing baseball cap, the proud grandmother of five hopes Tweed residents will root for her and Mr Exon in their quest to claim the top prize.

"I have always liked to rhyme. I was a poet in my younger days and my love of hip hop comes from growing up in street culture of Liverpool in the 50s," Mrs Remedios said.

"The only things The Granny doesn't like are negativity, violence and death. They're not part of our style. We want people to be positive and to love each other."

She released her first EP (Extended Play) last year titled Let the Granny Rap, featuring five songs including Stuck In a Rut and Beat Box Baby.

Mother and son are now working on their first album together.

"We have the full support of our friends and family," Mrs Remedios said.

The duo will fly down to Melbourne next Friday for the first tapings of Australia's Got Talent, with all accommodation and expenses paid for by the network.

Their first performance will be in front of a live studio audience and Red Symons.

Mrs Remedios said she will not allow herself to be intimidated by the notoriously mean Symons.

"He's the devil's advocate. I won't let him push my buttons," she said. "We are just happy to get on the show. They had 1.5 million viewers last series. "Hopefully there will be people watching who want to get behind us and help out."

Mrs Remedios said people both young and old enjoy their performances.

"Kids love The Granny; they want to adopt me and for me to adopt them," she said.

"My grandkids even think The Granny is the coolest thing ever."



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