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 Steampunk
community with his parody of NWA
's "Straight outta Compton" called "Straight Out Of Surrey
He is currently in a Rap Feud
with "chap-hop" artist Professor Elemental
Tropes he displays:
- 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
- Hip Hop
- Nice Hats: Mr. B always sports a nice hat, be it a newsboy cap, bowler, boater or trilby.
- Pipe Smoking Is Cool
- 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
- Rap Feud: 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 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.
- Sharp Dressed Man
- 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 or cricket).
- Stiff Upper Lip
- Take That: "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.
Whatever happened to Timothy?
I was at prep
with him, you see.
He was a wizard with a cricket bat,
But he never used to talk like that.
- Upper Class Wit