Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

In the News

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

In the News

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Forget Eminem, 50 Cent and P Diddy, because there's a new rapping sensation in town ( and they're determined to make themselves heard. Joanne Carruthers talks to Bill Hall of over-50s group the Silver Wrappers about his `rapper's delight'

If you don't mind me saying Bill you're a little bit older than the likes of Eminem, so how did you end up rapping?

Well initially I went along to the Sage just to look at the building! But in fact I ended up joining the main choir, the Silver Singers, and I've done a number of other things as a result of that, including the Silver Wrappers. I just saw a notice up saying is anyone interested in rapping and turned up!

As simple as that. So how much did you know about rap before you joined? Was it already playing on your stereo at home?

No, I didn't know that much. Basically I knew it originated in the US but I only really knew the rap artists by name. You see I keep myself abreast of what's going on in music in general terms and who could avoid Eminem in the media?

Very true. But now you're more familiar with rap what do you think of Eminem and co?

Well their lyrics don't actually speak to my generation and they don't speak to me in terms of their lifestyle either. I'd say their lyrics don't strike a chord with me, if you know what I mean.

Well I assume your lyrics don't need the same kind of warnings as Eminem's, so what sort of things do you sing about?

At the moment it's all about Christmas but we've got a couple of other things in the pipeline too. We've talked a lot about the way older people see themselves and the way they are seen by others - about stereotypes old people and the differences between realities and perceptions. …

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