The whip

NOT such dench times for rapper Lethal Bizzle last week, after he wrote off his Ferrari in central London and had to cancel a show as he recovered. The picture looks awful, thank the stars it wasn’t worse. Dappy of-off N-Dubz reacted, however, to Bizzle’s report that he had ‘cheated death’ by immediately asking him online ‘howz da whip?’ – ‘whip’ being accepted street slang for fast, flashy car – and calling him a ‘bus wanker’.

Bizzle replied by returning to his theme about Dappy’s Camden upbringing – last year he tweeted at him: ‘If you can swap chains for property then get your mum out of that council estate in Camden, until then leave it’. This time, he replied: ‘New one on the way. How’s mum, still in Camden?’

Crass as it may be, the fans lap up such online repartee.

Yet Bizzle doesn’t always row with other performers or talk fast cars. In 2002, he, as part of the More Fire Crew, was talking local politics. His group was commissioned by Camden Council, then headed by Dame Jane Roberts, to adapt their hit ‘Oi’ into ‘Oi Vote’ as part of a drive to encourage young people to take more interest in local elections. In a long-lost press release, Asha Paul, the council’s highly thought of head of democratic services, said: “Young people are turned off councils because they see them as boring irrelevant to their lives. More Fire Crew are the next big thing in garage music and young people can relate to them.”

Ferrari whips or council whips…. the demographic stats of local voting patterns may prove otherwise, but, on the surface, not sure that much has changed in ten years. The fast car always trumps a politician.

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