Ed Sheeran’s love of hip hop has been well documented over the years. By collaborating with artists like Eminem, 50 Cent and The Game, he recently had the opportunity to express his fandom of Papoose in person at a Knicks game this weekend. Sheeran described Pap as having “fantastic pun” while admitting he was a bit of a shooting star.


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How far does Sheeran’s love of rap go, though? Sheeran’s most recent appearance on Breakfast club found him diving into his love of Gang Starr’s music, specifically Guru’s bars. The British singer started rapping Gang Starr’s “Rite Where You Stand” ft. Jadakis word for word, leaving the morning show host full of his knowledge of American hip hop.

“It’s everywhere in England,” Sheeran explained of hip-hop’s influence in Britain. “What’s wonderful now is in the ’90s, early’ 2000s, that American hip-hop culture was English hip-hop culture. And people wanted to dress up and make music and sometimes rap with the same accent. Now – and I think it’s because of streaming services – that our number one music genre in English is now British rap, British grime, British drill, British R&B. “

Sheeran added that it is similar to other parts of Europe, such as France and Germany, that have adapted the sounds of hip-hop and made it something completely their own. “American hip-hop influences to a point of similar, sometimes stylistic and blah blah blah, and even now European culture can also influence American culture. It’s a pretty nice circle.”

See the full interview below.