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WATCH: Michael Gove’s favourite rapper perform ‘Chap-hop’ on Newsnight

Posted on Wednesday, 26 March by

Chap-hop, a satirical musical genre that’s “straight outta Kensington” appeared on Newsnight last night after it emerged that Michael Gove, the education secretary, is in fact a raving fan of the genre.

In an interview with the Mail On Sunday, Gove declared his love for the work of Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, one of the genre’s most established artists and perhaps more importantly, a staunch anti-Tory as denoted in his lyrics.

Historically, politicians and their musical tastes has never been a successful recipe for good PR, but Michael Gove ignored past gaffes made by the likes of David Cameron who is, he would have us believe, a massive fan of The Smiths and Gordon Brown’s Arctic Monkey debacle way back when MPs thought that was a good way to “connect” with young voters.

Whether or not this political oversight or effort to endear himself to the public does in fact achieve anything other than equip the public (and probably every teacher in the UK) with more ammunition to ridicule him further, I couldn’t comment further. But, I think it’s painfully clear, we all know the answer to that one.

Mr B Gentleman Rhymer

Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer wrote a response to Michael Gove in The Guardian.

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Lewis Scrafton
22. Co-founder and editor of SQ Magazine. Studying at University of Sussex. Interned at MATTER and published in The Guardian.


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