Tonight I discovered something brilliant. While exploring the entertaining page for Capt. Fawcett’s Moustache Wax (review forthcoming) I followed the link for a magazine called, The Chap. About halfway down the page was a picture of an eccentric looking gentleman in a bowler hat, thick glasses, a perfectly groomed handlebar moustache and carrying a Boss DR-110 Dr. Rhythm Graphic Drum Machine (old school, indeed!) and a banjolele.
It turns out this unique individual is Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer and the article was promoting his new
CD tape 8 track cylinder gramophone recording, “The Tweed Album”. These are bizarre times indeed.
Straight to YouTube and a quick search later I’m watching “Just Like a Chap” aka awesomeness! If you didn’t click the link, stop and click the link. It’ll only take about 2 minutes and 41 seconds. I’ll wait….Ok, back? Wasn’t that great? Yea, I thought so also and I needed more.
The recommended links, or whatever they’re called had another curious individual. One, Professor Elemental and a little ditty called, “Cup of Brown Joy“. Did you click the link this time? I don’t think you did. Seriously, Why do I bother putting in these links if you aren’t going to click them. Now go back and click it…See? Worth it. I wouldn’t steer you wrong.
Apparently this is Chap Hop and I love it. In case you just pretended to watch the videos (I even embedded them for you) it’s basically hip hop done in a steampunk or victorian motif. Moustaches, Earl Grey and expeditions in pith helmets are all fair game for these guys.
YouTube has a lot of videos for these two fellows and I enjoyed watching them all. Professor Elemental even has a multi-part story which is interspersed with his rapping different parts. It’s all collected here for your viewing pleasure but set aside 40 minutes(!). It’s wildly entertaining and I hope I can catch one of their acts sometime. You know I’ll be watching for them.