Alter ego of British rapper and comedian Paul Alborough, Professor Elemental (also known as MC Elemental) is a Steam Punk
musical artist and one of the pioneers of "Chap Hop
." While not the first to mix hip-hop with steampunk
, he is apparently the first to put the unique British spin on it that has become known as chap-hop. His character is that of an eccentric upper class Gentleman Adventurer
and Mad Scientist
from the late 1800s
. While his act probably started out as a piss take
(he intended to do an album about rappers throughout history), he has become a major sensation in the Steam Punk
community, and his rap about his love of tea
, "Cup of Brown Joy
", became a YouTube
Tropes he displays:
- Adventurer Outfit
- A Fête Worse than Death: One of his songs, but with "Def" in place of "death"
- Awesome Anachronistic Apparel
- Badass Boast: Much of "Cup of Brown Joy."
"And I've bathed in Earl Grey—I'm really that keen!"
- Bad Humor Truck: "Animal Ice Cream."
- British Accents: Professor Elemental speaks in the affected Received Pronunciation of the upper crust.
- British English: Elemental gets into a rap battle with Baba Brinkman on the differences between British and Canadian slang.
- The Cameo: Elemental appeared and did a song on the Phineas and Ferb episode "Steampunx".
- Cool Helmet: Elemental's pith helmet.
- Crowd Song / Call-and-Response Song: "Cup of Brown Joy." "Now when I say 'Earl Grey', you say 'Yes, please!"
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: His butler, Geoffrey, is an orangutan. Wearing a Monocle.
- Gentleman Adventurer: Elemental dresses in pith helmet and khakis, and a Sherlock Holmes pipe.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: In his video for "Fighting Trousers", Elemental enters a boxing ring wearing khaki shorts and boxing gloves, but still with his trademark pipe and pith helmet on.
- Hip Hop
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: In the song Fighting Trousersnote :
"Never test Professors, we're the cleverest wits:
Let's settle this like gentlemen armed with heavy sticks,
and you're Peter Duncan, I gave you fair warning!"
- The Mad Hatter: Elemental's gone mad from an excess of tea.
- Mad Scientist: Elemental raps about experiments that Dr. Moreau would be jealous of in "Animal Magic".
- The Musical: The Chronicles Of Professor Elemental
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Of the pukka sahib variety, complete with pith helmet.
- Rap Feud: Was in a feud (of sorts) with Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, 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.
- For instance, Mr. B makes a cameo in "I'm British", complete with the Professor rushing into shot in an attempt to hide him from view.
- Spot of Tea: "Cup of Brown Joy" is a love letter to the stuff. "Love a cup! Oh, God yes!"
- In "Splendid", he mentions that the moat of his castle is filled with Tea.
- Taxidermy Is Creepy: Elemental is a "mad taxidermist", who experiments with sewing parts of different animals together to create new ones (while they are living) in his song, "Animal Magic." The animals get their vengeance in the end.
- Travel Montage: In "Cup of Brown Joy", his head on a teacup travels to places famous for tea across the globe.
- Upper-Class Wit
- Vaudeville: Elemental is also a member of Come Into My Parlour, a "Victorian Cabaret" steampunk theatrical troupe in England, several members of whom appear in his "Cup of Brown Joy" and "Fighting Trousers" videos.