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10 Things Loyle Carner Can’t Live Without

Loyle Carner joins British GQ in 10 Essentials. Loyle breaks down his ten essential items: from his ‘hugo x always’ chess set to his Pro Club t-shirt: “Ludacris is probably my style icon from back in the day, him or Pharrell Williams.” Watch the full episode of 10 Essentials with Loyle Carner, as the English hip-hop artist reveals 10 things he can’t live without.

Released on 05/15/2023


[clothes rustling]

Yes, GQ, what's going on?

It's your boy, Loyle Carner.

And these are my 10 essentials.

[upbeat music]

[graphic warbling]

My notebooks probably from this last album

and a little bit of the one before.

I really prefer to write in my book as as opposed

to write on my phone because when I, you know,

erase my line, the line still exists.

Whereas on your phone, if you erase what you're writing,

then it's gone forever.

And then if you go back, maybe there was space for it

to use it as a chorus or a title or a kid's book

or whatever you wanna use it for.

Do you know what I mean?

So yeah, I'd like to kind of leave footprints.

Hopefully, I'll be able to give 'em to my son one day.

No distraction.

Like when I open this, it doesn't go like,

[Loyle imitates beeping sound], you know, someone said

you've got a double chin or someone said

that your mom's fat or whatever, you know, it's just like

just in the book.

It's like just a whole page that just says drug free

which is what I am, you know?

But don't need to put it in two pages, you know what I mean?

That's a lot of real estate worth of notebook.

For my last album, I wrote a review

before I started working on my album.

It was something I got from Questlove.

There's a book by Questlove that's called,

the Creative Quest.

And in it he says that, you know, on on every album

I think from Things Fall Apart by The Roots,

which is one of my favorite albums of all time.

He wrote a review because he kind of helped him, you know,

on reading it back and throughout the album process

it would keep him on track.

That was my old title.

That's what I was gonna call my last album as well.

Hurt People, Hurt People

A line I got from a poet called, Lemn Sissay,

from his book, My Name Is Why.

What I love the most is when I'm recording,

if you get to hear this noise,

[paper rustling] that's my favorite.

And I listen for it for other rappers as well to know

if they're really about it or not.

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My baby bag. [graphic warbling]

Every parent knows, nappies.

You always think that you don't need money

and then it's that day where it's like a mountain of shit.

These are easy nappies.

These are just

[nappies rustling] ones that you can wear

as a hat.

Beaker, There's a Bear on My Chair,.

A classic, this is my son's favorite magic wand

which is the most important part of the baby bag, really.

This is the elder wand owned by Albus Dumbledore.

If you know, you know.

And my son's favorite spell is Expelliarmus

or Expecto Patronum. [graphics whooshing]

He's got into a crazy pocket

at the moment actually where he'd be like

like Avada Kedavra which is obviously the Killing Curse

in Harry Potter, if you don't know.

And so I would die and the only way to come back

to life was he'd have to kiss me on the head.

But now I've started doing it

with him where even if on the street

if I hit him with an Expelliarmus or whatever, he dies.

Like on the street, there's nothing you can do about it.

Paddington Bear, which comes with me on tour

and I try to get photos with him everywhere I can.

You know, my son can't travel with me everywhere

but as long as Paddington is there

I guess he's there in spirit.

It's nice to kinda have a piece of him with me.

What else he is in there.

[bag rustling] Simple stuff.

Greatest fruit known man, orange.

No offense to Jon Bernthal who did one of these

and said grapefruit.

I also have in my phone, which comes with me everywhere

a picture of my, my son and my girlfriend and me

in a little photo booth on Brighton Pier.

You know, my son and my girlfriend really are my world,

you know, my Earth, so my everything.

Very lucky to have them. Shout out to my guys.

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[graphic warbling]

I got into Muay Thai just after my son was was born

because I got a serious dad body.

And after that I needed to fix up really.

But I always wanted to get into fighting.

I think more for my head to kind of find some peace

as opposed to let go and be aggressive.

Gave me like discipline.

A good friend of mine said to me once,

my friend, Barney, told me that freedom without discipline

is just chaos.

I was living in chaos before and I think now, you know,

I've found some discipline and I love that all you

need is these things.

And I take this with me on tour.

I skip however I hit the bag or I just hit the wall

you know, or just hit the air.

Who knows, I'm gonna... [hands clap]


Me on a YouTuber fight, I'm joking.

Everyone needs to get hit in the face once.

I know a lot of people who needs

to get hit in the face. [laughs]

[upbeat music]

[graphic warbling] Chessboard.

We made these for the release of my album.

These are lyrics from one of the songs actually.

Pawn to E4, Bishop C4, that's light work.

Queens run free.

I can see more of my best days.

My heart banging out my chess plate

Queen to F7, that was checkmate,

which is a thing called the Scholar's Mate,

which is like the batiste chess move

is what my dad beat me with.

My dad was the one who taught me to play chess.

And it's, yeah, it's like how you win chess in four moves

against a rookie.

Through learning to play chess, you're also learning

all these different things that I like that you know.

So he's teaching me how to be patient,

how to plan the next steps ahead.

So it was kind of almost like inadvertently

he was preparing me for fatherhood.

But yeah, I also love it just because it's not online

you know, I hate being on the Internet or whatever.

So anything I can do except for FIFA,

I'm happy to be online when I'm playing FIFA.

The only person I beat who was supposed to be quite

good was that guy, Magnus Carlsen.

I beat him in that four moves.

I'm joking, I'm joking.

Who have I beat?

Ottolenghi I've played, quickly wiped it.

Nah, I'm joking, I'm joking, I'm joking.

I actually don't remember which means I probably lost.

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My next essential [graphic warbling]

is a EpiPen.

Oh, fuck. I just realized I left it at home.

Can I bash you my keys, if you go to my sink, yeah?

Yeah, it's an essential, I bring it everywhere.

[production beeping]

My next essential is a EpiPen.

It's just a shot of adrenaline 'cause I'm allergic to nuts.

I'm also allergic to tahini but not sesame seeds, weirdly.

So, you pull this out, it like releases a little

like a little needle and then you just jab it in

essentially your bum cheek, you know.

Wait for it to click, wait three seconds, and pull it out.

And you should be right as rain, but don't use it

if you haven't had an allergic reaction.

I know what your kids are into.

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[graphic warbling] Sports bag.

Do you know what I mean?

Ready for anything.

For me swimming, you know, you're focusing on your breath

[water burbling] there's so much

sensory deprivation here under waters

for someone like me with ADHD

and just be able to think, clear my head, relax

and exercise at the same time.

My rollerblades, Bauer's, man.

The first pair of Bauers I had, they were ice skates.

My dad got them for me 'cause it was the one thing

me and my dad used to do actually.

He used to take me ice skating.

And then when we reconnected I got my dad

a pair and now we sometimes we hit the park

and go skating together.

I have always been a Liverpool fan

and back when Crystal Palace was in the Premier league

they were my local club.

So, I had two teams 'cause I wanted to watch

match of the day.

For a long period of time, I wanted to be a football player

but I wasn't good enough.

I played right wing back.

That's why I'd like to play like Trent Alexander Arnold.

Who do I think is gonna win the FA cup?

[Loyle sighs]

I don't wanna talk about it. [laughs]

Liverpool, we had a great time, we had a great run

but it's getting harder and harder

as we watch right now, so... [sighs]

Next question. [laughs]

[upbeat music]

It's actually a work of our club.

[graphic warbling] Yeah.

I have maybe like 300 of these or something.

I don't know. I'm wearing one now, actually.

The perfect collar, good length of sleeves,

not too baggy, no diss to any of the other ones.

You know, whoever you are.

Guild, Fruit of the Loom, I don't care.

You're cool but you're not pro club.

I don't even wanna talk about V-necks

or the like the weird like DJ Khaled one.

You know the one that goes down like that.

Miss me, miss me with it.

The reason why we're playing white T-shirts is 'cause

that pocket of time when I grew up all

of my favorite rappers, that's all they were wearing, man.

Ludacris is probably must star icon from back in the day.

Him, Pharrell Williams, those guys.

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Queen Olives with cumin and lemon.

You know, any olives are cool, particularly green ones.

But these ones right here, you know, I have to eat them all.

I will probably eat them.

I don't really eat sweets, I don't really eat chocolate

I just like salty things, so I like these.

I like popcorn, I love crisp.

Crisp is really like my crypto light, you know,

I'm trying to be a role model on this, you know,

so I could have chosen crisps

but then what am I showing in the next generation?

You get me? [upbeat music]

[graphic warbling] Liquid Paraffin 50:50

[bottle thuds] also in here

and what's this?

[paper rustling]

Parking ticket?

I got really sensitive skin and when I was growing up,

it used to get super dry 'cause I had eczema.

And when I found this cream I just began to glow bro.

[graphic tinkles] To get the little

kind of look man, you just gotta get no sleep.

Get woken up at like 4:30 to change nappies.

Wake up, don't get a chance to eat breakfast,

run out the door, grab your cream, and just bash it up.

I recently, I've been using Humanrace by Pharrell Williams.

Si, I cleanse now.

I'm a cleansing person.

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[graphic warbling]

First got introduced to the carrot juice

when I was maybe like five or six

and my mom was super healthy,

super holistic and I wasn't allowed Coca-Cola

or coca pops or chewing gum or sweets or anything.

But I was always allowed carrot juice and I dunno

it reminds me of spending time with her in the park.

Yeah, I love it. It's everything.

It's juice, it's sweet.

Not too sweet.

Pat full of vitamin C, ginger in there.

[sighs] It's magic, bro.

And I can see in the dark as well.

I stopped drinking when my girlfriend fell pregnant

'cause she stopped drinking and then it just stuck.

I loved the feeling of not drinking

and then I kind of replaced alcohol

with happiness and I'm the happiest I've ever been.

Be grateful for your essentials.

Peace. [upbeat music]

Starring: Loyle Carner