Gig review: MR B THE GENTLEMAN RHYMER – Guilfest, 19 July 2014

Now you may be wondering what Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer is doing on GRTR! Well he name checked Slayer and he did an indie rock medley accompanied by his trusty banjolele. Plus he’s damn fine and talented chap.

He is the leading purveyor of chap hop (hip-hop with a pronounced, Home Counties approved accent) and has some celebrity, albeit maybe not hip, fans in former Education Secretary Michael Gove.

Mind you Mr B has a witty retort ready for Mr Gove and his fellow ministers in’ They Don’t Allow Rappers In The Bullingdon Club’. Also he played ‘Chap Hop History’ a potted history of hip-hop apparently invented by a chap 41 years ago called Clive.

Mr B knows how to work a crowd and has a lot of good between song banter. A few good covers too set to his imitable style, including ‘North/South Medley (with Blur – There’s No Other Way/Primal Scream – Movin’ On Up/The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection)’ and a cracking version of the ‘Home Counties anthem’ ELO’s ‘Mr Blue Sky’, sure to bring a smile to the grumpiest face in the crowd.

He jokingly asks if we are past the watershed as he launches into a couple of adult themed raps with ‘The Crack Song’ and ‘More Kissing In Porn Please, We’re British’, the latter he got the crowd joining in spiritedly on the chorus. It is all done in good spirits and with a twinkle in his eye.

He came on for two more songs and closed a highly enjoyable set with his anthem, ‘Straight Outta Surrey’, a song where Mr B imparts all of his cricket knowledge. Another entertaining set by Mr B, who is a talented wordsmith and chap rapper. He has moved up the bill on the second stage since his last appearance and next year let’s get Mr B on the main stage!

Review by Jason Ritchie

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