Saturday, 16 November 2013

NEWS: Mansun legend Paul Draper joins Twitter and reveals new project

A few weeks ago I explained how fans of the much-missed 90's legends Mansun had launched a petition to get frontman Paul Draper to release his solo material, and there has been progress of sorts. Since Mansun's split in 2003, Draper has been absent from the music world, with the exception of the work he did with Skunk Anansie's Skin on her 2006 solo album 'Fake Chemical State' and 'Greyhounds In The Slips', a collaborative track with The Joy Formidable which was released in 2009. Despite beginning work on solo material in 2005, nothing has materialised and his official website was taken down in 2011, as were his Facebook fan page and forum. Ever since, Draper has been absent from the public eye. Then, a few weeks ago he played as a guest with Leeds based supergroup Menace Beach during a session for Marc Riley's BBC Radio 6Music show, which prompted the petition. Afterwards, Paul made a statement: "I have been busy writing and producing with other artists recently. I'll be a couple of months wrapping up my current project, then I will be free to look at what to do next. I'm going to keep all options open and have a serious think about things, particularly peoples interest in hearing my own material..."

Not long after, Draper reappeared on Twitter with a new account. After sharing some studio photos, he discovered the existence of an LA-based gangsta rapper who happens to go by the name of Mansun. Cue much hilarity... When he isn't crashing his car or being shot, the self-proclaimed "lynchpin of rap" is "freestyling" about life in the hood and "fat ass bitches" (or something to that effect). Usually if you send insulting tweets to a gangster rapper, you live in danger of being murdered. Luckily, this particular South Central rapper seems to be completely oblivious to Draper's sarcastic, piss-taking interactions. Now two websites have jumped on the story and are actually convinced that a Mansun vs Mansun collaboration is going to happen... Scroll down for a selection of the best tweets...

A statement Draper issued in 2008 suggests that his solo album was temporarily abandoned in favour of a new project. Two of the proposed song titles were 'Being A Girl Part 3' and 'Cancer Part II', suggesting that he may have been working on a sequel to the inventive and ahead-of-it's-time 'Six'. It has now been revealed that the project is called The Anchoress. Rumoured to be a collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Catherine A.D., Draper has just completed recording their debut album at his London studio 'The Kitchen'. The record is the first full album he's produced since 1998's classic 'Six'. Paul has also co-written half of the tracks on the album and contributes by playing guitar and providing backing vocals... The Anchoress has a Twitter page HERE, a Facebook HERE and an official website HERE.

Paul's Twitter page can be found HERE. Following is highly recommended...

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 9 Nov
Hang on, this isn't funny @OFFICIALMANSUN has got more followers than me!! HE hasn't even got a fukin tick next to him!!!

MANSUN ‏@OFFICIALMANSUN 9 Nov
In my hood chilling being the BOSS that I am really living this love to all them fake haters MAFIA4LIFE pic.twitter.com/ZVVYqmCBXT
 Retweeted by Paul Draper

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 9 Nov
Jesus @OFFICIALMANSUN just hit back, and hit back hard......he's just tweeted his hairbrush in his toyota to all the haters, look......

MANSUN ‏@OFFICIALMANSUN 10 Nov
@PaulDraper  @PaulAnnett  @PaulDraperFans love to the MANSUNS will love to do a song for all our fans music is our way of life lets go team
 Retweeted by Paul Draper

MANSUN ‏@OFFICIALMANSUN 10 Nov
To all my fans follow @PaulDraper we are about to do the greatest collaboration together from LONDON to LOS ANGELES
 Retweeted by Paul Draper

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
WORLD EXCLUSIVE! OFFICIALMANSUN HAS A GIRLFRIEND, ALL MANSUN FANS SHOULD FOLLOW HER HERE @nikki_secret

MANSUN ‏@OFFICIALMANSUN 9 Oct
@nikki_secret my bitch
 Retweeted by Paul Draper

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
@nikki_secret does it bother you that MANSUN calls you 'MY BITCH', my mum would go ape shit if I called her that, is that ok in the hood?

MANSUN ‏@OFFICIALMANSUN 11 Nov
I learned in life to be great is to train every part of u mind body and soul I been shot 3 times Since Center mass pic.twitter.com/5okVcR3Dgt
 Retweeted by Paul Draper

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
WORLD EXCLUSIVE @OFFICIALMANSUN has been shot 3 times since centre mass, think he means christmas but whatever......

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
Morning @OFFICIALMANSUN met your girlfriend last night @nikki_secret, she said you were shat on 3 times by a pigeon or something at chrtmas?

MANSUN ‏@OFFICIALMANSUN 5 Oct
Stay on my shit fans just cause I rap don't mean I want be the shit out of a MF pic.twitter.com/tg46RLzhXY
 Retweeted by Paul Draper

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
my mate @OFFICIALMANSUN has turned on me now I've overtaken him in followers, he's calling mansun fans nuts and MF's and selfied his bicep.

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
hey @nikki_secret you left your hairbrush + scarf in @OFFICIALMANSUN toyota when it got towed away after the crash? pic.twitter.com/ua9DoYP6jU

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
@nikki_secret looks like you left something else under the radio too, did it run out of batteries?

MANSUN ‏@OFFICIALMANSUN 4 Oct
Take me to the moon already been around the world twice but that shit coast 40 Million now owe got damn pic.twitter.com/Njlb52j1rr
 Retweeted by Paul Draper

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
Looks like your driving a Renault Espace there @OFFICIALMANSUN not very gansta is it?

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
CALLING ALL MANSUN FANS! I'M PULLING AHEAD OF MANSUNOFFICIAL ON THE FOLLOWERS, RETWEET THIS TO ALL YOUR FOLLOWERS TO FOLLOW ME, BOOOOM!!!!

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
Look @markJdraper @OFFICIALMANSUN has done more business in the US the MANSUNOFFICIAL at least he's had some airplay, right officialmansun?

MANSUN ‏@OFFICIALMANSUN 8 Oct
HOODZ xm radio today talking about my new single better LA and the rest of all my freestyle songs turn up with UR boy one time
 Retweeted by Paul Draper

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
Cheers for that @OFFICIALMANSUN I knew that you'd got more airplay in the states than mansunofficial

MANSUN ‏@OFFICIALMANSUN 11 Nov
@PeterMckeirnon @PaulDraper I'm glad I finally have a good reason to write a song the first of my career staring me and my mates the MANSUNS
 Retweeted by Paul Draper

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
ITS FUCKING MANSUN @OFFICIALMANSUN NOT FUCKING MANSUNS!!!!

MANSUN ‏@OFFICIALMANSUN 11 Nov
@PaulDraper  STRIPPER VICAR is the song I'm feeling right now yeah I love the strippers and they love me bac
 Retweeted by Paul Draper

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
JESUS CHRIST @OFFICIALMANSUN ITS NOT ABOUT STRIPPERS, ITS ABOUT A VICAR IN CHESTER CALLED MAVIS, FUKIN GANGSTAS....

MANSUN ‏@OFFICIALMANSUN 11 Nov
@Johnimus_Prime @PaulDraper I'm not a gangster I'm a commander on my side of LA streets my rank is high here not a game at all sir live this
 Retweeted by Paul Draper

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
look @OFFICIALMANSUN your talking utter shite again mate, that mumbo jumbo might wash in the fukin hood but not in acton mate, do one...

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
LOOK THATS IT @OFFICIALMANSUN IM SICK OF THIS CRAP YOUR SPOUTING, I WANT MY FUKING NAME BACK, I CAME UP WITH IT.....

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
CANT YOU BE CALLED SUEDE, OR BLUR OR SOMETHING, WHY FUKING MANSUN, WHAT NOBHEAD COMES UP WITH A NAME LIKE MANSUN, ITS NOT EVEN A REAL WORD?

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
OF ALL THE NAMES YOU COULD HAVE CHOSEN, WHY F%*@&G MANSUN? YOU COULD HAVE BEEN KULA SHAKER, THEYVE GOT NO FANS LEFT, NO PROBLEMS, NOW LOOK?

MANSUN ‏@OFFICIALMANSUN 11 Nov
@PaulDraper don't worry they call me conmmandermansun  in the United States anyway not a big deal
 Retweeted by Paul Draper

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 11 Nov
commandermansun wow what acid do you take @OFFICIALMANSUN ?

MANSUN ‏@OFFICIALMANSUN 11 Nov
@PaulDraper  the kind where u don't have to write any songs can't wait to get bac in the studio and call one of my songs acid that was easy
 Retweeted by Paul Draper

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 12 Nov
.@OFFICIALMANSUN your off your rocker mate....

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 12 Nov
Fuk me it's true, there's a rapper called Stove. There's actually 2 people in the world stupid enough to call themselves Stove?

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 12 Nov
Jesus there's a rapper called Chad as well, we've almost got a full house of Mansun related hip hop artists here....

MANSUN ‏@OFFICIALMANSUN 12 Nov
The LA KINGPIN  of rap strikes back again to prove his city gets the credit that they deserve @PaulDraper pic.twitter.com/fiVojvmHNh

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 12 Nov
Is that your Toyota in the background of your logo @OFFICIALMANSUN or your Renault Espace?

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 12 Nov
If your the kingpin of LA Rap I'm the third best songwriter from Chester behind Gary Barlow and Russ Abbott, swivel on that @OFFICIALMANSUN

Paul Draper ‏@PaulDraper 13 Nov
Hey @OFFICIALMANSUN someone just sent me this, are you using your Espace as a cab for extra $, not very gangsta... 


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