Fascinated Friday: Chap Hop, or “When I Say Hey, You Say Tally-Ho!
For today’s Fascinated Friday, I felt in the mood for something light and fun. Since the purpose of these Fascinated Friday posts is to share things that I come across that I am enjoying, I thought that today I would talk to you about my latest discovery: the fascinating hip hop sub-genre known as Chap-hop.
Chap Hop came about in England, and is a mixture of hip hop flow with a distinctly old school aesthetic. Like 90’s style.
1890’s that is.
Yes, I actually made that joke, and no I am not ashamed. I am embracing the sheer goofy joy of this genre. It is, quite frankly, adorable. And I find myself listening to it constantly when I am writing now.
Mr. B is arguably the more well known of the two. He perhaps embodies the “chap” part of chap hop the better of the two. He plays a banjo-lele (which is exactly what it sounds like. A banjo ukele.) and rhymes about cricket and the joy of an exposed ankle as a lady curtseys. Clad in a bowler hat, a tweed suit, and a fine mustache, Mr. B brings a delightful exuberance to his tracks. Here’s one that has been one my playlist a lot lately. I do love a nod to the classics.
Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer.
Straight outta Surrey
However, if I am totally honest, while I am enjoying Mr. B, my favorite has to be the mad bastard that is Professor Elemental. Moving beyond just an old-fashioned and exceedingly polite presentation, the Professor has gone full steampunk mad-scientist adventurer. And I love him for it. Usually shirtless, wearing a pith helmet and a scraggly beard, Professor Elemental looks like Livingston if Stanley found him after a ten day absinthe binge. He has accoutrements like time-travel trousers and a monkey man-servant named Jeffrey. Of the two, it’s the Professor’s lyrics and flow that set him on top.
The first track I ever encountered from Professor Elemental was the amazing “Fighting Trousers.” Check it out.
But some other amazing tracks include “The Attic” which unfolds like a delightful penny dreadful, “Elixir” with its smart references to Jekyll and Hyde, and of course the unforgettable “Cup of Brown Joy,” about the joys of tea.
When I say OO you say LONG. OO LONG OO LONG!
So until next time, keep finding things you love, even when they are delightfully goofy and old-timey. I know I will.