Last year, I posted an article about Professor Elemental and his then recently released album The Indifference Engine and the emergence of hip-hop into the Steampunk musical scene. One of the songs on the album was Fighting Trousers, a musical challenge to his rival, Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer. Here’s the video if you missed it from my last post:
It seems as though the chap-hop rivalry between Professor Elemental and Mr. B have attracted the attentions of one Wall Street Journal. In an article entitled In ‘Chap-Hop,’ Gentlemen Rappers Bust Rhymes About Tea, Cricket- Just Like in Hip-Hop, British MCs Feud Over Styles: Waistcoat vs. Pith Helmet, Frances Robinson recounts how hip-hop and British high society melded into “Chap-Hop.”
The article does a respectable job of illuminating the feud between the two rappers to newcomers and comparing the two artists to the larger hip-hop scene at large while simultaneously juxtaposing American rap and British chap-hop.
Plans for a show-down between Professor Elemental and Mr. B are underway, to likely take place in Brighton. No date or venue has yet been announced, giving you plenty of time to choose sides between the two rhymers. Be sure to visit Professor Elemental’s and Mr. B’s websites to learn more about each!