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."
- Breakup Breakout: Mr B (under his real name of Jim Burke) is the rapper for One-Hit Wonder Brit Pop band Collapsed Lung who had one huge hit with "Eat My Goal" before going on hiatus for several years. Mr B carved out a niche in the nascent Chap-Hop genre to considerable success while the band was on hold. Recently the band reformed for performances in The New '10s. It's pretty jarring for fans who know Burke under his Mr B persona to see him wearing a tracksuit and rapping in a working class accent about football, especially as he has to keep his dapper moustache intact for performances under his main Mr B persona and wears the same glasses.
- Dashingly Dapper Derby: Mr. B often wears one.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments. A particularly memorable one came in an interview just after the release of the diss song "Fighting Trousers" by Professor Elemental."If he wants to make claims about gentlemen rhymers, he'd better start behaving like a gentleman. He could have a proper shave, for a start."
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: A classic straight stem pipe in contrast to Professor Elemental's more Sherlockian calabash style one.
- Hip-Hop: In his own trademark "chap-hop" variant.
- 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: Mr B epitomises this type of persona, just listen to any of his songs.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: In a classic 1920s style with waistcoats, dapper hats, fob watches and immaculately groomed moustache.
- 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: Never loses his cool, even when a miscreant "disses" him as Professor Elemental did in "Fighting Trousers"
- 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: