The underground world of British hip hop is one that you must delve into carefully. You can never be sure what you’ll find, who will be performing, or what they’ll be rapping about. Worse yet, you might offend someone by supporting the wrong MC at the wrong party. In 2008, two performers came out into the limelight, with two different perspective about rap. Professor Elemental, featured below, is mostly known for performing what he calls “steampunk hip hop” – if you’ve been on the ‘Net for a while, there’s no doubt that you’ll recognize one of this songs, A Cup Of Brown Joy.
The second performer calls himself Mr. B, the Gentleman Rhymer, and he performs a type of music he has termed “chap-hop” – he raps about things like his pipe and cricket while maintaining a perfect Queen’s English accent. He dresses to the nines at all of his shows, and is rarely seen without his banjolele. After watching a few of his videos, I have to admit that he’s incredibly clever about his lyrics and is very talented. Here’s one of my favorites of his, called A History of Chap-Hop.
Recently, however, there’s been a schism in the world of steampunk hip-hop and chap-hop! Check out what’s going down after the cut!
Professor Elemental just released what can only be described as a “dis song”, which is pointed directly at Mr. B. The Professor basically tells him that he’s a talentless hack with a goofy