Billy Sunday On Trendwatch – Rappers With British Accents

Someone asked me the other day if I was going to swagger jack all of the XXL Mag Dot Com columnists and that gave me a great idea. Why don’t I swagger jack all of the XXL Mag Dot Com bloggers instead? That sounds like a fun idea and I’m glad thought of it. Sitting here in the XXL offices can get a little boring sometimes in between rappers beating up children and dry snitching so to pass the time I like to throw my snot filled napkins into the other bloggers cubicles.

Today’s snot rag goes into noz’ workspace as I examine some rappers who use British accents. If you are a fan of Hip-Hop and the CBS Evening News you should know that Britain is extremely overjoyed that their spies were returned by Iran without any decapitations, as Muslim countries are fond of doing to foreigners caught doing espionage. The British used to be so good at spying back when Roger Moore was on the scene. Everybody after him was limp wrested, but Pierce Brosnan got that off in ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’.

There was a minute when British sounding emcees were all the rage in Hip-Hop. They wore Kangol driving caps and tweed blazers while everyone else was dressed in Black and had an African medallion around their neck. The funny thing was that none of these rappers were British, well, maybe one, MC Ricky Dee. They only used British accents to pick up chicks and disguise their weak rhyme skills. For all of those reasons, and the fact that Slick Rick was one of the greatest entertainers to move a crowd.

Slick Rick – It was 1986 and I was listening to a choppy Maxell cassette in the high school lunchroom of a performance that Doug E Fresh and his sidekick, Slick Rick gave at this roller skating rink in Harlem called The Rooftop. The song was a story rhyme called ‘La-Di-Da-Di’ and it was one of the illest songs I had ever heard. It combined everything under the sun in the day of a true B-boy. It was funny and still cautionary. It was flamboyant without being cocky like a poser. It was real. Slick Rick validated the British accent.

Dana Dane – Some folks thought that Dane Dane and Slick Rick were brothers because dude dressed just like Ricky Dee. He copied homeboy’s swagger to a tee, but was missing the most crucial element – lyrics. Dana Dane’s classic jam is called ‘Nightmares’ and it is composed like a Slick Rick fairytale fraught with self-deprecating humor and a surprise ending. After that song I forget what happened to Dana Dane. His producer Herby Luv Bug became too busy with another gimmick girl rap group he started called Salt-N-Pepa. If you listen to their first few songs they might be trying to use British accents too.

Kwame – Everyone remembers that line from B.I.G. about being played out like Kwame and polka dots, but did y’all know that Kwame gets Will.i.am type checks for the producing that he does? Who’s laughing now? Obviously not B.I.G. Kwame was another dude from the Herby Luv Bug camp that used a British accent. What’s interesting to note here is that Herby is actually Haitian, but no one from his team ever rapped in a French accent. Too bad for them that they didn’t have the foresight to recognize how Tony Yayo would singlehandedly (with the backside at that) bring Haitian people to the top of gangsta rap trash heap.

Monie Love – She was really from England and she came to America to pursue her dream of Hip-Hop. At first she brushed Queen Latifah’s wig but she had to quit that job since she wasn’t too keen on wearing Latifah’s thighs like they were headphones. Native Tongue scooped her up and she got to be a part of the seminal safe sex jam – ‘Buddy’. Good times.

Left Eye – She was from Atlanta, but nobody from Atlanta is actually from Atlanta. T.L.C. sold millions of albums, but made no money since this was before the time of cross promotional divestment. If T.L.C. were around today they would have a clothing line as well as a brand of feminine hygiene products (scrubs) and definitely a line of condoms.

Dizzee Rascal – This dude is an honest to goodness Londoner so he’s allowed to use a British accent. Due to the fact that he’s Black you can’t call him British, but he is one of the best rappers to come from across the pond. He’s like the United Kingdom’s version of Lil’ Wayne because he was rhyming at rave parties since he was 15. Rave parties are filled with all kinds of mind tripping halluciegenic drugs so there’s even a chance that Dizzee Rascal tripped out on Special K and kissed a man on the mouth like Lil’ Wayne too.

TY – This dude is better than most in the game no matter what continent you’re living on. I saw this cat give a live ass performance in this little Brooklyn dive called 5 Spot. After his set we were all danced out and sweating. A lot of those granola boho Black broads fucks with him as well as white chicks from England. British broads might be the ugliest chicks on the planet along with the white chicks from Belarus. Dude tells real stories about Brixton poverty and the struggle to rise above it all without standing on your neighbor’s head to accomplish your goals. How futuristic is that? Americans lack that kind of courage for the most part. We would gladly sell drugs if it meant that we could go ballin’.

This is the part of the show where you humps listen to some one-off from the vault of my hard drive, but unlike noz I don’t have the code yet to upload any music or photos so you are just gonna have to take my word on this shit.

My next drop will swag jack Tara so expect some bleeding heart liberal feminism on why there is too much profanity in rap music today.

Bye bitches!

  • (Oo)

    Much respect for taking the time to know a little about the UK hip hop/grime scene.
    Ty is okay, dizzee is the king of london/Uk/Europe emcess, but you need to check up on Kano, Scorcher, Roadside G’s.

    But if you swagger jacking Noz your post is wayyyyy to long, and you need to put up some average 80s/90′s hip hop.

  • me

    hey im british … big up Birmingham billy dont be an idiot nearly 10% of the UK is black and asian get ya facts straight m8 … dizzee is sick though and lady sovereign 1st

  • http://jasonekirk.blogspot.com Brick Cheney

    ha ha (scrubs)

    Where’s Young MC? And that little Bjork-resembling thing Jay probably got fired for signing?

  • Definition

    Mitchell Brothers.

    enough said.

  • Dipset

    Are you only talking about the old school?? cuz if your not Where the fuck is S.A.S on this list??? them dudes running shit in the U.K!!!

    Ya Dig??

  • FLIP

    “wearing Latifah’s thighs like they were headphones.”
    ———————————

    LMFAO. This whole post is another classic. You are fast becoming the best blogger here. Props.

  • hannah smith

    “My next drop will swag jack Tara so expect some bleeding heart liberal feminism on why there is too much profanity in rap music today.”

    Don’t forget to kick it in an exceedingly boring style most reminiscent of a high school newspaper.

  • sATaLyte

    hannah smith Says
    ^
    Hilarious!

  • b-ease

    b-ease Says:

    April 5th, 2007 at 6:05 pm
    I guess this is your thing.

    You’re like Rogue from the X-Men (exuse my nerdiness for a second). You just steal everybody’s else’s powers and combine them all into a weaker hole.

    Bol’s sarcasm (without the wit)
    Sickamore’s concepts (wihtout proper anolgies)
    Noz’s knowledge of hiphop (without the insight)
    Tara’ vagina (without the breasts)

    See what I mean!!
    ^^^^^^^^

    Yup, i posted it again because its even truer now than it was yesterday…

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Damn B-Ease,
    I should ban you just for being a lazy fuck with your comments. The only thing that saved you was the X-Men reference.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    A little known fact (only my ole school headz will appreciate this) is that La-Di-Da-Di had a 3rd verse to it.

    after he says “and with ya’ wrinkled pussy I can’t be your loverrrrrr … He keeps going from there for about another 8 lyrics.

    the shit is funny as hell!

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    oh yeah,

    Good Post.

  • EReal

    Will.i.am type checks for the producing that he does? Who’s laughing now? Obviously not B.I.G.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Big still collects and he’s dead. Lets see polka dots do that.

    Shouts to fatass Trannah Smith, the ugliest, most dedicated jealous self loathing hater, EVAR! Yay!!!!!

    1 hunned.

  • http://www.myspace.com/illeaglethemc Ill Eagle

    Dizzee Rascal > 98% of American AND British Rappers…

  • NoMamesBuey

    wtf happened to my comment? Are the comments being censored now?

  • NoMamesBuey

    ereal you sir are an ASS.

    Big still collects?????????? you mean his estate(kids,mom,etc)

    polka dots is still alive and getting them will.i.am checks

  • NoMamesBuey

    ^that 11:43 post is not me. Use your own name yo

  • NoMamesBuey

    Sunday,

    when you swag-jack Bol include the following points of Bol’s steez

    1 blatantly racist comments against Mexican-Americans, Arabs, Muslims, non-USA black folks (Africa, Carribean, etc), women especially black women. Present these remarks as objective fact, instead of the racist or sexist opinions they are

    2 complain about the “cracka-ass cracka” & “TI Jew” racist actions against black Americna men

    3 be oblivious to the irony & hypocrisy of the same person holding both viewpoints 1 & 2

    4 Pretend that your own music opinion is consensus public opinion, even in cases where your opinion is strange/ridic. Eg John Mayer & Jay-Z suck (when they’re actually good), while the Gin Blossoms are the GOAT rock group (when they actually suck balls NH)

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    NoMamesBuey Says:

    April 6th, 2007 at 11:52 am
    Sunday,

    when you swag-jack Bol include the following points of Bol’s steez

    1 blatantly racist comments against Mexican-Americans, Arabs, Muslims, non-USA black folks (Africa, Carribean, etc), women especially black women. Present these remarks as objective fact, instead of the racist or sexist opinions they are

    2 complain about the “cracka-ass cracka” & “TI Jew” racist actions against black Americna men

    3 be oblivious to the irony & hypocrisy of the same person holding both viewpoints 1 & 2

    4 Pretend that your own music opinion is consensus public opinion, even in cases where your opinion is strange/ridic. Eg John Mayer & Jay-Z suck (when they’re actually good), while the Gin Blossoms are the GOAT rock group (when they actually suck balls NH)

    ^^^^^^

    Now that was hilarious …

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    good post captain sunday. good look on dizzee and ty. i would recommend roots manuva as well if you havent heard of him; he incorporates other genres of music into his hip-hop aesthetic, and does it well, like dub, rocksteady, soul. he also makes interesting soul-cover records. someone mentioned SAS, i believe it was dipset; well, SAS is mediocre at best and is purely riding the coattails of diplomats, which to me makes it all the more sad.

    honorable mentions:
    - the streets
    - MIA

  • John Brown

    JB. What happened to my homegirl “MISFIT”?
    Billy. Who?
    JB. EXACTLY…..ha ha ha

  • EReal

    NoMamesBuey Says:

    April 6th, 2007 at 11:43 am
    ereal you sir are an ASS.

    Big still collects?????????? you mean his estate(kids,mom,etc)

    polka dots is still alive and getting them will.i.am checks
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I meant his music, not him fool. What was assinine about that? You think when Polka Dots dies he’s gonna still be bringin in BIG money?? I dont think so.
    Dont catch feelings, lil homie.

  • NoMamesBuey

    say what u mean then DICKHEAD

  • NoMamesBuey

    YO MANN STOP USING MY NAME BITCH

  • http://www.myspace.com/dungeonofwolvesentertainment Bobo D

    I’ve been following the UK scene for a long while and these are people you should watch for:

    Danny Weed – If you’ve heard “Up In The Shoobz” FT. OTB & SN1 you’ll know that track is killer. (Check the video out on http://www.channelu.tv)
    Kano – Cop “Home Sweet Home”, dude got skills.
    Baby Blue – Probably the only female rapper I’m looking forward to drop a LP this year.
    The Streets – Nuf said

    The greatest rapper out of Britian is Sway.
    If you dont have his album “This Is My Demo” you need to get your ass off your computer and get that shit…truly he can take on all US rappers and leave them mumbiling, “People down in england aint all wild,but some places in britain aint right to raise your child. Even the royal family aint all smiles,cause everbody know Harry dont look like Charles”, & the skits on the disc are funny as hell!

  • NoMamesBuey

    ^ereal, the 11:43a comment was not me. I have no “ebeef” with you sir

    Eff these bitchmades who jack names

  • NoMamesBuey

    just assume all nonsensical comments, or “ebeef” posts with ereal or other commentes aren’t me

    12:59 & 1:00 comments are from the juvenile bitchmade wankster again

  • EReal

    NoMamesBuey Says:

    April 6th, 2007 at 1:29 pm
    just assume all nonsensical comments, or “ebeef” posts with ereal or other commentes aren’t me

    12:59 & 1:00 comments are from the juvenile bitchmade wankster again
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    LOL. All good homie, I dont EBeef anyway. Im all about the back and forth, Im grown enough to handle it.
    No Beef, Just HipHop.

    Good lookin out on clearin that up tho.
    Stans have to be the most pathetic thing, evar.

    1 hunned.

  • NoMamesBuey

    ahhhhhhhhhh u fell for it u bitchmade ereal

  • J S-O-T

    Dizzee Rascal?, S.A.S?, c’mon man, Dizzee’s voice grates the livin fuck outta me, an i’m English

    personally the only British rapper i can think of thats lyrically on par with anyone in the game right now is Plan B, his album was the best album i heard all last year (except for maybe HHID)

    jus listen to songs like “Everyday”, “No More Eatin’” an “Tough Love” to see what i mean

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    NoMamesBuey Says:

    April 6th, 2007 at 3:02 pm
    ahhhhhhhhhh u fell for it u bitchmade ereal

    ^^^^^
    see XXL .. this is what happens when you fuck up and publish other peoples names and E-mail addy’s … *smh*

  • king blair

    its me bitches

  • NoMamesBuey

    my effin mind your biznezz biiiyaatttchhhh me jus a joke round ya ear me sin lmao

  • che

    if you want british, check out this dude, track is ill as shit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDGJd1LwQ64

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Sin Piff

    sumteyems eye thinc eye mite bee returded

    lmaooo@the part about Dizzee Rascal……

  • NoMamesBuey

    cool Ereal, cosign about these stan-douches.

    Damn I refresh this page after a few hrs & see that the imbecile illerate bitchass Fake version of NoMamesBuey has killed the whole post off with his douchery.

    SMH. Cosign the dude “My Effin Opinion”. I would say maybe XXL could have logins, but that would be too cumbersome. Just ignore these stan dee dee dees & keep it movin..

  • Christian Prz.

    Wait, what, did I miss something? Since when is S.A.S running shit in the UK? They’re signed to the Diplomats, ok, but honestly, since when did the Brits care for the Diplomats success in the US? Gets your mind straight, whoever said it. UK is into Grime Hip Hop. S.A.S is all but that.

  • london

    yeah brap that you mentioned TY…
    he is def big another one to look out for
    Estelle…check her myspace..

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    @Thoreauly77,
    good lookin’ on that Roots Manuva shout. If I listed everybody all the time I don’t think I’d get the dialouge that you folks bring to the table. My omissions (on purpose and sometimes not) help get the discussions on and popping.

    @the real Ereal, NoMames and M.E.O.,
    y’all dudes have hit the biggtime when e-thugs are stealing your identity. Niggas don’t want to start beef with their own user names because nobody ever heard of them before.

    I’m putting in a drop tomorrow for all the XXL Mag Dot Com heads that fucks with the site 7 days a week.

    Word is bond.

  • http://www,myspace.com/tyandupwards ty

    for those that need to know more come check ty at http://www.myspace.com/tyandupwards
    three albums to look out for awkward 2001
    upwards 2003 and closer 2006
    some people like me some people hate me .. i choose to rock the stage personally … hating is for bitter folks…

  • http://www.myspace.com/djbounce Bounce

    interesting read.

    Dizzee Rascal isnt one of our best, maybe its coz he’s “different” & “exciting” that the US seem to embrace his style??i dunno? But please could you explain why it is that because he’s black he cant be British??

    Oh yeh & check for Rodney P & Blak Twang too.

    Got her thru TY’s myspace btw.

    Peace

    Bounce

  • blank0

    Has anyone actually been to the UK? The place is runnin’ – the quality of beats and rhymes is top notch.

    check out http://www.suspectpackages.com and the radio station Rinse FM…

  • tseliot

    now you know, billy, i normally dislike your shit, but good look-out on the brits here, esp. ty — he’s way overlooked.

    holla at kano and klashnekoff — and seriously, if you haven’t heard klash’s new album “lionheart,” you missing out. dude deserves mad respect.

  • http://www.mikenice.com/ Mike Nice

    Hey Sunday, you forgot to mention The Streets. Great stuff. Be sure to check out “A Grand Don’t Come For Free”. Great stuff.

  • bob james

    Slick Rick did not rap in a british accent, he was just born over there.
    Monie Love rapped in an american accent.
    The UKs first rap artist to crack america is coming Q4 this yr:
    http://www.myspace.com/charliesloth

  • G.E.O.R.G.E………

    lady sov 1st? na m8 got 2 b skepta or sumink lyk dat.. soon uk hip hop will dominate!

  • Ali

    Hey Billy, you can call black folk from Britain ‘British’ because we are. We have British passports just like our white counterparts. I think you are confusing being British with being English which we definitely are not.

  • Roc_Representa

    Ayo, where’s Sway on that list? He’s like a British mix of Lupe Fiasco and Young Jeezy, if you can imagine that.

  • neil

    Why the fuck can’t dizzee be british? fucking racist, he can’t be celt and he can’t be anglo saxon dumbass.

  • Adam

    Are you fucking retarded? I’m a white british man and I’m offended by this, Dizzee is British, Black british! thats like saying a black person in america can’t be american! but when it’s your people you call them ‘African American’, how fucking ironic? there are non-white but british people of all races here in England, how dare you say a black man from England doesn’t have the rights too be called British the same as a black person in america does too be called African american. You americans surely are the dumbest people on the planet, you always show how fucking retarded you are! I’m reporting this.