Brilliant showmanship from the inestimable Mr B! Do hope he makes it to Newcastle again soon. It’s enough to make one consider taking up the banjolele, and that’s saying something!
Check out this video:
“The first installment of Chap-Hop superstar Mr.B the Gentleman Rhymer’s ‘Histories’ series. The history of hip-hop. In five minutes. On the banjolele. Chap-Hop hoorah!”
June 30th, 2010
I had the rather fortunate pleasure of interviewing Chap-Hop pioneer Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer. For those of you not familiar, he’s a B-Boy banjolele playing gentleman who has a taste for the finer things in life.
Tell me about Chap-Hop.
With Chap-Hop I am reconnecting Hip-Hop to the queen’s English and manners.
Why did you choose the banjolele?
The banjolele has a more abrasive, more amusing sound than the uke, more suitable for funky licks and what-not.
What tips do you have for all the wannabe Ladies and Gentleman reading this?
Just take a look at yourself in the miror for a second or two longer than you usually would and ask yourself ‘should I really be wearing this sweatshirt?’. Then buy a pipe and a ukulele. The only advice I have for the ladies is come and see my next show!
Any favourite ukulele/banjolele songs?
Lust For Life by Iggy Pop was written by David Bowie on a ukulele. That turned out ok.