A granny inspired by the likes of Eminem and Jay-Z has come up with her own verses for a good cause.
Jill Clark, from Plumpton Green, has worked as a yoga teacher, mental health councillor and receptionist… but is now turning to the world of hip hop.
The 74-year-old says she loves poetry, creative writing and singing.
She thought of the idea to raise money for the National Cat Adoption Centre in Chelwood Gate, near Haywards Heath, where she has worked for eight years.
Jill, who goes by the rap name MC Crapper, said the artists who have influenced her are Eminem, Drake, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre – whose group N.W.A created the album Straight Outta Compton.
She said: “I don’t know why I thought of a rap. I’m a bit of a crazy person, I like writing, singing and creating rhymes. It came to me that I could do a rap. I don’t mind making myself look a bit stupid if it’s for a good cause.
“I watched a few rappers like Eminem, Drake and Jay-Z. I’m not the most into rap but I really admire the ability to say things really quickly.
Picture above shows Jill before her transformation into a rapper and after.
“The rap didn’t take me long to come up with. I write poetry. Once I have an idea, it just flows. It’s quite hard to make it all fit and go in time with the music but I find it relatively easy. Creative writing is a skill I have I’d say.”
Away from her rapping career, Jill still works one day a week at the cat centre.
Last year, her rapping talents raised around £700 for the centre.
She said this year has been a bit more of a struggle with people having less money to spare.
Jill, a mother of three and grandmother of two, added: “This fundraiser is going a bit slowly. I get that people are struggling with bills at the moment.
“Even a couple of pounds will buy a new toy for one of the cats.
“The first time I did it, I wanted to give something back.
“Not only do Cats Protection take wonderful care of cats, but they also take very good care of their staff. I work part-time as a receptionist for National Cats Protection.
“In June, I had a hip replacement, and I received so much support from my manager and the team before and after my operation that I wanted to give something back, by raising money so that they can help more cats in need.
“The money raised will go towards everything to help the cat centre. In the rap I try to mention all the things we do for the cats when they come such as neutering or microchipping. Sometimes they need operations or dental work.
“It all costs a lot of money. I wouldn’t say the charity is struggling or going under but it’s a tough time so the money will be put wherever it’s needed. Everything will go to the cats.”
For more information on Jill’s fundraiser, click here.