Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer
Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer
Mr B Playing at a wedding in Oxfordshire
Background information Origin United Kingdom Occupations Singer, songwriter Website Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer on MySpace
Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer (real name Jim Burke) is a parodist who performs "chap hop" — hip-hop delivered in a Received Pronunciation accent. Mr. B raps, or "rhymes", about high society, pipe smoking and cricket while playing the banjolele. The character is described as having grown up in Cheam and attending Sutton Grammar School for Boys.
Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer is an alter ego of Jim Burke, a rapper with the Britpop group Collapsed Lung. Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer started performing in late 2007, playing at cabaret clubs, and venues across the UK including the Glastonbury Festival and club NME in Paris, and performed as part of the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has performed on radio including the Steve Lamacq show and "Introducing with Tom Robinson" for the BBC. He has also been named as a 'Band of the Month' on the Kooba Radio podcast.
His debut album "Flattery Not Included" was released in 2008 for the Grot Music label, which includes the track "Chap-Hop History" which is a Received Pronunciation reworking of some well known hip-hop classics. Its accompanying video has received numerous views on YouTube. Another track from the album, "Timothy", is about the unique vocal style of BBC Radio's Tim Westwood. Perhaps his best known track, "Straight Out Of Surrey", is a parody of N.W.A's "Straight Outta Compton" and purports to be "the extent of [his] cricket knowledge."
He is currently in a feud with "chap-hop" artist Professor Elemental.
- Flattery Not Included (2008)
- I Say (2010)
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- ^ Frances Robinson, In 'Chap-Hop,' Gentlemen Rappers Bust Rhymes About Tea, Cricket, Wall Street Journal, April 4, 2011, accessed April 5, 2011.
- Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer's homepage
- Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer on MySpace
- Mr. B on BBC Radio's Steve Lamacq show
- Sunday Times article featuring Mr.B
- "Chap-Hop History" on YouTube
- Fringe interview from Edinburgh Spotlight
- Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer session in the Rob da Bank show
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