Chap Hop Wars

There has been much talk of the eventual show-down between Mr. B, The Gentleman Rhymer and Professor Elemental. As of this post, I’ve yet to hear anything more about the possibility of a show-down between these two, which is unfortunate because it’s sure to be epic.

In the mean time, we have to imagine what a show-down of such magnitude would be from the material we have of the two artists.  of YouTube posted this video meshing the two artists works into a epic 12 minute face off which can only be a preview for what will transpire some day between them. Give it a listen! It’s excellent.

If you find yourself unfamiliar with the rivalry between Mr. B and Professor Elemental, you may find this article, In ‘Chap-Hop,’ Gentlemen Rappers Bust Rhymes About Tea, Cricket , from the Wall-Street Journal of all places, to be particularly enlightening.

Professor Elemental and Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer in the Wall Street Journal

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!