Updated Oct 9, 2012 - 9:21 pm
Chap-Hop marries hip-hop and 'merry old England'
These days it seems people will attempt fusion with anything. Foods like Texas-Thai, steampunk's high and low tech, and now in what's probably the most bizarre of all: rap music with the English aristocracy.
Welcome my friends, to Chap-Hop, which according to this morning's Wall Street Journal is the latest musical genre to takeover merry old England. It's an attempt to bring together "the American urban musical genre with the imagined lifestyle of the British upper classes."
There's no backwards baseball caps, no golden bling, no scantily clad dancers, and not a hint of AK-47 assault rifles or a .45 held sideways.
Instead, the visual style is all about pith helmets (those Victorian explorer hats,) Sherlock Holmes pipes, ladies in summer frocks and cricket bats.
But it's still rap, insists Professor Elemental, it's not a parody. "I love rap," he says, "but I'm from Surrey and it's nice to do things in an old-school way."
Elemental's got a classic rap battle brewing - with his rival, Mr. B. "The Gentleman Rapper." Only it's done English style, according to some kind of high toned Marquess of Queensbury rules.
It will be coming to the colonies soon - Professor Elemental has two shows in the US this year. The Steampunk World's Fair in New Jersey, where the audience should be properly amazed, and at the Canadian Steampunk Exhibition in Toronto.
Elemental says the shows will "break America and ride it like a pony."
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These days it seems people will attempt fusion with anything. Foods like Texas-Thai, steampunk's high and low tech, and now- what's probably the most bizarre of all: rap music with the English aristocracy.