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This is a link post WW1 rap battle NSFW I made this!
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Hope you don't mind, I posted this a few weeks ago but it was an iPlayer link that a lot of people couldn't watch or bring themselves to! It's on PooTube now and seems to be going fairly well - certainly not viral but respectable.

It's my first major filmed project and was done for the BBC's WW1 Centenary coverage. Basically they had an idea to do an Epic Rap Battles/ Horrible Histories type thing to explain the origins of WW1 and get some younger people interested. Dan Snow's company Ballista Media had been chosen to make it and I got involved, and ended up co-writing the thing and composing / performing all the music. Oh and I did George V's voice as well.

Sorry again for the repost and the hint of spamcuntery. The Daily Mail were offended enough to write this article. (It was in the actual paper too. Seems I was Public Enemy Number One for a days or so)

I've slapped a NSFW on because of a couple of mild swearies. "Ass, shit" etc.

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2672936/Now-BBC-dumbs-WW1-foul-mouthed-rap-Factually-inaccurate-video-tells-history-Great-War-form-hip-hop-style-battle.html
(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 13:04, Reply)
This is a normal post Hah!
The Daily Mail up in arms about your 'national stereotyping'
(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 13:08, Reply)
This is a normal post I know, it's amazing isn't it?

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 13:11, Reply)
This is a normal post I missed that first time round
Excellent
(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 13:11, Reply)
This is a normal post thanks!

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 13:16, Reply)
This is a normal post Thats pretty fucking awesome.
You should be very proud!
(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 13:12, Reply)
This is a normal post :)

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 13:23, Reply)
This is a normal post Great stuff that! Have a click
Nice to see the rap battle alive and kicking in 2014 ;-)
(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 13:16, Reply)
This is a normal post cheers man

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 13:24, Reply)
This is a normal post Good stuff ... that will be more of interest to many more young uns
Than a stuffy old documentary.
(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 13:29, Reply)
This is a normal post It was actually quite a buzz to read a few positive YouTube comments from youngsters.
One said "Awesome, why can't we learn history like this at school?" which was nice. Mind you most of the young 'uns were going "Gay! You ripped off Epic Rap Battles!" haha
(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 13:34, Reply)
This is a normal post That are da lullly!

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 13:30, Reply)
This is a normal post fanku

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 13:34, Reply)
This is a normal post *applauds*

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 13:46, Reply)
This is a normal post :) ta

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 14:05, Reply)
This is a normal post Srs bizzle!
That was ace!
(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 13:46, Reply)
This is a normal post Thanks Mr Bentos

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 14:05, Reply)
This is a normal post This is really good
And I say that as a student* of war, and having recently read Margaret Macmillan's great book on the causes of WW1.

Not everything needs to be a six part narrative history or a Newsnight discussion on the war poets (like last night). There's a generation (several generations) of kids who don't know shit about the First World War, why it started and why it's important.

Anything that can explain that, be fun and, most importantly, be accurate gets a big click from me.

*Not being pompous here, actually have a worthless BA in War
(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 14:00, Reply)
This is a normal post so what is it good for?

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 14:04, Reply)
This is a normal post Absolutely nothin'

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 14:07, Reply)
This is a normal post Say it again.

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 15:24, Reply)
This is a normal post thanks!

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 14:06, Reply)
This is a normal post Ok I get it now
Kids these days have no excuse for not knowing history when there are excellent learning resources like yours.

Well done on an excellent video.
(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 14:00, Reply)
This is a normal post :D

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 14:07, Reply)
This is a normal post Missed it First Time Too!
Nice One - Love it! ;-)
(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 15:19, Reply)
This is a normal post Yay!

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 20:32, Reply)
This is a normal post Excellent.
And anything that makes the Mail pissy is OK with me.
(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 15:35, Reply)
This is a normal post :)

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 20:33, Reply)
This is a normal post Congratulations on pissing off the Daily Heil.

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 15:49, Reply)
This is a normal post It was all a bit weird but ta

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 20:33, Reply)
This is a normal post That was great!!! :)

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 16:16, Reply)
This is a normal post cheers matey

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 20:33, Reply)
This is a normal post Great work all round

Well done you!
(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 16:23, Reply)
This is a normal post Everyone was fab, I was very lucky to work with such talented folk

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 20:34, Reply)
This is a normal post Fantastic!
I work in a PRU and I'm teaching WW1 next term. I'd love to show them this as an cheeky bit of revision - they love rap battles. The fact that the Daily Mail hates it is an added bonus.

Well done, sir.
(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 16:24, Reply)
This is a normal post that's briiliant. Thanks,

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 20:35, Reply)
This is a normal post Great on so many levels.
Just the gramophone scratching alone...
(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 18:45, Reply)
This is a normal post Yeah the gramaphones were a lovely touch, they were the director's idea. Simon Balch, he a genius.

(, Wed 30 Jul 2014, 20:35, Reply)
This is a normal post
"attempt to court popularity with a streetwise audience" erm....yes. Why is that a bad thing? The Mail believes that only non-streetwise (?) people should be educated?
(, Fri 1 Aug 2014, 18:55, Reply)
This is a normal post Excellent
Great work, mate. Love it!
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