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October 25, 2009 6:30 AM   Subscribe


 
See also: Cup of brown joy
posted by Lorc at 6:44 AM on October 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


And there's also Mr. B's Straight Out of Surrey.
posted by Doktor Zed at 6:45 AM on October 25, 2009


How do you make a banjolele sound beautiful?

Sell it and buy a violin.
posted by netbros at 6:49 AM on October 25, 2009 [4 favorites]


Previously
posted by Artw at 7:17 AM on October 25, 2009


Chap
posted by Iron Rat at 7:39 AM on October 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


WIN.
posted by andreaazure at 7:55 AM on October 25, 2009


I approve of this.
posted by jquinby at 8:09 AM on October 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


I stuck around for the banjolele, but he finally got me at "Momma says knock you ahouuuut"
posted by davejay at 8:28 AM on October 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


I like the concept. And the banjolele sounds better in this context than I would have expected.

But it made me think that "Fight For Your Right To Party" was only significant in the commercial history of hip-hop - not its artistic history.
posted by Joe Beese at 8:34 AM on October 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


Also this
posted by davejay at 8:38 AM on October 25, 2009


Ah, novelty hip-hop. Did it ever not suck?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 8:49 AM on October 25, 2009


The original gentlemen rappers.
posted by dortmunder at 8:50 AM on October 25, 2009


Let Me Smoke My Pipe
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:50 AM on October 25, 2009


All rap is novelty rap.
posted by Artw at 10:08 AM on October 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


Banjo + ukulele. A chimera both beautiful and terrifying.
posted by SPrintF at 10:55 AM on October 25, 2009


I have a friend who can bring me instant delight by reciting the Humpty Dance in an upper-class british twit accent. She's been doing this since undergrad and indeed to this day, I am spunky. And I do rather llike my oatmeal lumpy. I am sick with this, straight gangster chap.
Mr. B seems to be well within the sartorial guidlelines of The Chap magazine, with ascot and pipe, but the mustacio, if authentic, is the real coup de grace. I wonder if his inspiration was from Issue 45 of said magazine, Britches and Hoes.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 11:00 AM on October 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


Loved it. However, no true gentleman would use the word 'party' as a verb.
posted by slimepuppy at 11:04 AM on October 25, 2009


But it made me think that "Fight For Your Right To Party" was only significant in the commercial history of hip-hop - not its artistic history.

Are you talking lyrically?

How about Kool Moe Dee? Fresh Prince? (Not to mention every frat-rap group eva.) Plus/even De La Soul?!

Musically, with regards to genre-breaking, FFYR was more generally influential world over than (specifically) Run-DMC's "Rock Box". There would be no Rage Against The Machine without Licensed To Ill.

And everyone I know older than 30 who 1) has ever recorded a entire hip-hop album, or 2) listens to hip-hop knows Licensed To Ill inside and out.

Chickity check yourself.
posted by humannaire at 11:38 AM on October 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


More Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer
Thank for bringing this guy to my attention. Love it.
posted by podwarrior at 11:45 AM on October 25, 2009


humannaire, I agree it's a great album, and it's too bad the Beastie Boys have completelt disowned it. They seem really embarrassed that they ever made fun music, or had a sense of humor about anything.

There would be no Rage Against The Machine without Licensed To Ill.
True, but it's a great album anyway.
posted by drjimmy11 at 11:46 AM on October 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


Looks like Val Kilmers Doc Holliday from Tombstone.
posted by cloax at 12:16 PM on October 25, 2009


I wanted to like this a lot. I mean, the instrumentation was great -- the banjolele is the perfect instrument for this. But I feel like Mr B himself is just sort of trying way too hard. It went past the point of funny for me.
posted by malthas at 12:36 PM on October 25, 2009


Right as rain!
posted by gallois at 12:43 PM on October 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


I was ready to hate the hell out of this, and ended up enjoying it through the end.

Except that banjolele solo.
posted by griphus at 1:20 PM on October 25, 2009


I n-th that he's trying too hard without accomplishing anything too interesting.
posted by christhelongtimelurker at 1:31 PM on October 25, 2009


Heh...I know Jim (also known for Collapsed Lung of Eat My Goal fame) as he is an old friend of my gf & we've seen Mr B in action a few times over the past year or so. Quality stuff. And the video was filmed in the bandstand almost opposite my new flat...
posted by i_cola at 1:33 PM on October 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


For some reason he reminds me of Les Claypool. I liked it.
posted by pelham at 2:03 PM on October 25, 2009


This Mr B chap must really love hate love hate love hate love hip-hop.
posted by mazola at 2:37 PM on October 25, 2009


For some reason he reminds me of Les Claypool.

Or a less handsome Frank Sidebottom.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:14 PM on October 25, 2009


the banjolele is the perfect instrument for this.

Fixed that for me.

guess what I want for christmas!
posted by davejay at 6:02 PM on October 25, 2009


Is this like the Slap Chop?
posted by zardoz at 9:15 PM on October 25, 2009


a liberal peppering of "indubitably" throughout would have served Mr. Chap well, but yes, this is top notch, Ol' Boy. Carry on, then.
posted by archibald barisol at 9:20 AM on October 26, 2009


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