Chap hop

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Chap hop is music originating from England that mixes the hip hop genre with elements from the Chappist or steampunk subcultures and stereotypical English obsessions such as cricket, tea and the weather.[1]

Two leading exponents of the genre are Professor Elemental and Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer. Other names include Poplock Holmes & DJ WattsOn.[2][3]

In 2011, Sir Reginald Pikedevant, Esquire, inspired by Regretsy's "Not Remotely Steampunk" section,[4] released the music video "Just Glue Some Gears On It (And Call It Steampunk)" on YouTube, which quickly went viral and has generated over one million views to date[when?]. It was named one of the top ten steampunk songs[5] and was acclaimed by steampunk notables.[4]

In March 2013, UK Education Secretary Michael Gove said he was "strangely addicted to 'chap hop' rappers."[6] Mr. B noted the irony of this, since his music often pokes at members the establishment, commenting, "As a non-Etonian and thus an outcast within the cabinet, this is perhaps a little snook cocked at his colleagues."[7]

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  1. ^ Frances Robinson, In 'Chap-Hop,' Gentlemen Rappers Bust Rhymes About Tea, Cricket, Wall Street Journal, April 4, 2011, accessed April 5, 2011.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-06. Retrieved 2013-10-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-06. Retrieved 2013-10-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b Pikedevant (Nov 29, 2011). "Just Glue Some Gears On It (And Call It Steampunk)". Youtube. Retrieved December 4, 2011. From the video's information section: 'Inspired by the category "Things That Are Not Steampunk" on Regretsy...' From the video's comments: 'This is Datamancer, the steampunk keyboard guy, and I approve of this video wholeheartedly. In fact, we make this joke at the workshop almost daily. "I can't figure out how to finish off this edge". "Just glue some gears to it and call it done" haha. Well-made song and video.' - Datamancer. 'Glad to see a new contender for the chap-hop crown, and such a relevant message. I love it!' - Unwoman. 'Professor Elemental here, Just wanted to give this my most hearty applause. A fine, fine song by a true gentleman.'
  5. ^ Jef with one F (Sep 25, 2012). "Top 10 Steampunk Songs". Houston Press.
  6. ^ Walters, Simon (23 March 2014). "Gove's favourite rapper revealed: Minister professes love for 'chap hop' star who calls Boris simple, Cameron an 'airy-fairy dud' and Osborne tight-fisted". The Daily Mail.
  7. ^ Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer (25 March 2014). "Michael Gove professes to enjoy chap-hop – how peculiar". The Guardian.

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