Not to be outdone by their neighbours from across the Pennines, the cast of Emmerdale have released an 18-song UK grime album entitled 'Da Dalez', in retaliation to the rap video released by Coronation Street's Chris Fountain, which saw the actor receive critical acclaim in the world of urban music, despite losing his job.
Claiming Fountain's controversial YouTube video was 'about as gangster as Emily Bishop', Jeff Hordley, who plays village womaniser and general bad-boy Cain Dingle, says he will give 'muscle' to the soap's debut album by providing the backing vocals on seven tracks, including 'Dingle Danger', 'Hennessy, Hoes and Herding', 'Boyz in T'hood' and 'Phat Pharming', and believes the collection of edgy tracks will make Coronation Street 'look like The Waltons'.
Actors Dominic Brunt and Mark Charnock, who play on-screen friends Paddy Kirk and Marlon Dingle, have said they're 'thrilled' at being featured in the album as rap-duo 'Padz & Marlo' with their own dedicated track, 'Vets and Veg', which details the struggles of maintaining a close friendship in the midst of a foot and mouth outbreak. 'We're hoping this will give us something to fall back on if and when they decide to kill us off', said Charnock, who plays hapless pub chef Marlon.
Fronted by actor Steve Halliwell who plays bearded Woolpack regular Zak Dingle, the album, which will be available to download next month, will carry a Parental Advisory Warning, and will cover controversial topics such as abortion, drug addiction and intensive farming, as well as a 'diss track' targeted at rival soaps Eastenders and Hollyoaks . Halliwell, now known by his rap-name 'Daddy Dingle', takes to the mic for the album's first track, 'Woolpack Warriorz', in which he rhythmically narrates an evening in the village's famous Woolpack pub, getting 'wankered with his tankard'.