Those not reading the Guardian over the weekend may be unaware that housing minister and Eric Pickles sidekick Grant Shapps fancies himself as a hip hop MC — even performing a rendition of Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight for interviewer Simon Hattenstone:
What’s his speciality? “Rapper’s Delight.” Well let’s hear it then? He looks at his minder, uncertainly. “Well this is not for broadcast,” he says. And he’s off, fast and furious. There’s no stopping him. “I said a hip-hop/ Hippie to the hippie/ The hip hip a hop, and you don’t stop, a rock it … Now what you hear is not a test – I’m rappin’ to the beat … ” Do many other ministers rap? “I haven’t compared notes, actually. In fairness, the version I do is the short version; it’s only 10 minutes.”
We can only speculate whether karaoke was involved during Shapps’ all-expenses-paid junket to Sweden, during which he hit the town with the notorious Lembit Opik.
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