When you watch the MTV European Music Awards, like I did today, you see that there are some serious differences in music tastes and culture. For example Slash wore a T-shirt that said 'Cunt' on it and it was perfectly acceptable. The Europeans also love them some Tokio Hotel, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Linkin Park. Now we know these names - but over there they are the biggest names in music today.
On this show there are always some British acts that we may have never even heard of until now. Today's show saw a performance by a newer British act named Plan B. He released his debut album this year and it's wonderful. It's a combination of soul, rap, rock and knocks you on your ass. What's more is that he's a white guy. When singing he has the angelic voice of a Motown great - but when he's rapping he's got the thickest cockney accent going. He looks like he walked straight off a Guy Richie film set and as if he'd kill you as soon as look at you.
Plan B is simply one of many that have come before him and there will surely be many more. Here's a quick list of artists that may never see great success in North America based on their accents and lyrical content. They do however deserve a listen as their music is fantastic mate;)
- Plan B or check this Pendulum remix of the tune
- The Streets *beautiful track...he's got many more of these
- Pete Doherty *this track is epic rock n roll/punk
- Dizzie Rascall *Canada needs more of a rave scene comeback:)
- Tinie Tempah *hope he can give it a run over here