Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer (real name Jim Burke) is a parodist who is one of the pioneers of Chap Hop — Hip-Hop delivered in a Received Pronunciation accent. Mr. B raps, or "rhymes", about high society, pipe smoking and cricket while playing the banjolele. His appearance is that of a dapper chap from the 1920's, complete with period mustache and pipe. He has become quite popular in the Steam Punk community with his parody of N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton called "Straight Out Of Surrey."
Tropes he displays:
- All Men Are Perverts: Yup, even the upper-class Mr B is no exception, if "More Kissing in Porn Please, We're British", "A Thoroughly Modern Breakup" or "You Just Can't" are any indication.
- Arch-Enemy: Was in a feud (of sorts) with fellow chap-hop artist Professor Elemental, which gained them both international recognition. They have since guest-starred in each other's videos, peformed live together and recorded "The Duel" together for Elemental's latest album "Father Of Invention", which begins as a Rap Battle and ends with them praising each other.
- Affectionate Parody: Most of Mr. B's songs, most notably "Straight Out Of Surrey" and "Chap-Hop History."
- British Accents: Mr. B rhymes in the Received Pronunciation.
- Dashingly Dapper Derby: Mr. B often wears one.
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe
- I Am Very British: Given the genre, it's a given.
- Nice Hat: Mr. B always sports a nice hat, be it a newsboy cap, bowler, boater or trilby.
- Protest Song: Mr. B complains about not being able to light up his pipe in a pub in "Let Me Smoke My Pipe!"
- Quintessential British Gentleman
- Sharp-Dressed Man
- Smoking Is Cool: Pipe Smoking Is Cool, to be precise.
- Sophisticated as Hell: The subject matter of his raps sometimes makes him come off as this (e.g. "Oh, Santa" or "A Thoroughly Modern Breakup").
- Spot of Tea: In the video for his song, "Mr. B's World Cup Song," Mr. B escapes some kidnappers by enticing them into having a cup of tea with him (and later a game of cricket).
- Stiff Upper Lip
- Take That:
Whatever happened to Timothy?
- "Whatever Happened To Timothy?" is a Take That at Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood, mocking him for his Pretty Fly for a White Guy persona.
I was at prep with him, you see.
He was a wiz with a cricket bat,
But he never used to talk like that.
Hip-hop decided to homogenize itself
- "Hip-hop Was To Blame After All" is a Take That to the Hip-hop music industry. It starts out sounding like an indictment of hip-hop in general...
And place itself in violence and wealth.
Hip-hop decided to pick up its lowest traits
And sell them to the public over everything that's great.
Hip-hop decided that misogyny and greed
Would be the sort of thing that America would need.
- But later in the song, sarcastically: