RAPPERS DELIGHT!

The American rappers give the London Astoria audience a bit of a show...

Bubba Sparxxx and Princess Superstar were the stars of the hip-hop night of the NME Carling Shows – with both rappers stripping off during their sets at London’s Astoria.

The NME Carling Show last night (Saturday, February 9) began with a performance by Skinnyman, followed by New York rapper Princess Superstar. She began the show in a long, black dress, before announcing “I feel a bit over-dressed.”

Princess Superstar then ripped off the dress to reveal a skimpy top and mini-skirt, while launching into new single ‘Bad Babysitter’, due for release on February 18.

The New Yorker made another costume change later in her 40-minute set, leaving the stage to don a black leather cat suit for a rendition of ‘Keith ‘N Me’, a track from the current album ‘Princess Superstar Is’ which features a guest vocal by rapper Kool Keith.

Speaking to NME.COM after her performance, Princess Superstar told us: “I loved it, it was fabulous!”

Describing her current visit to the UK, which included a pre-record of ‘Bad Babysitter’ for BBC1 TV show Top Of The Pops, she added: “It’s fucking crazy! I feel like The Beatles!”

Asked about her expectations for the single, she told NME.COM: “I have high hopes, but I also have high hopes for the album because there’s lots of different things on there I want people to get into.”

Princess Superstar also revealed that she has started work on the follow-up to ‘Princess Superstar Is’ and plans to record with some other rappers. But she declined to identify them, explaining “It’s all very hush hush.”

After the performance by Dilated Peoples, Princess Superstar revealed to NME.COM she was a fan of the headlining rapper Bubba Sparxxx and began to dance in the VIP area for the duration of his set.

Making his live debut in the UK last night, Bubba Sparxxx from the rural south of the United States played a fired-up set which featured the new single ‘Lovely’ and the hit ‘Ugly’. He left the stage mid-set announcing “I’ve got to take a shit.” But he returned to perform ‘Ugly’ and the weighty rapper surprised fans by peeling of his tracksuit top to reveal his naked chest. He then allowed his tracksuit bottoms to ride down, exposing his naked backside while just managing to keep his manhood covered.

But the show was brought to a sudden end after 25 minutes, to the surprise of a large element of the crowd who were clearly enjoying Bubba Sparxxx’s set. The audience then booed loudly and pelted the stage with empty to cans to show their disapproval for the short set.