In the run up to his new long player The Tweed Album, Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer has put on a show at the Komedia for several nights during Brighton Fringe called Chap Hop Hurrah!
For those not familiar with Mr B, he peddles a genre that he calls Chap Hop, which isn’t a million miles away from Electro Swing – retro sounds mixed with modern beats. The main premise is hip hop sung in a plummy Queens English accent, and accompanied on banjolele over heavy bass – sometimes covers of classic hip hop tunes, sometimes his own creations. The saying goes “know your audience”, and Mr B does – those who remember tunes from around 1990 with fondness, and who won’t get offended by songs abour raping goats. It’s certainly quite a niche audience, but one that has quite a wide catchment, in Brighton at least – The two shows this week were sold out (there’s another show next week which I think there are still tickets for). It’s not the most serious of musical pursuits, but then it doesn’t pretend to be. In my opinion, it’s worth the ticket price along for his cover of Orbital’s Chime.