Elton John goes vinyl record shopping in Vancouver, requests rap album

Sir Elton John was caught sifting through vinyl records in Vancouver on Thursday. Photo from Beat Street Records.

Sir Elton John popped into a Vancouver record store on Thursday and asked for, what else, an American rap album.

CTV News reports that the Rocket Man was spotted perusing the racks at Beat Street Records on West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver. In a series of photos posted to Instagram and Facebook, the pop rock icon can be seen flipping through vinyl records while wearing his trademark snazzy shades.

Fans were eager to know what John purchased, and the shop offered some surprising answers. His first request? American rapper Tech N9ne. John eventually left Beat Street Records with music by Jane Siberry, Little Feat, Linda Ronstadt, Morris Day and Canadian Divine Brown.

At Vinyl Records just down the street, John purchased albums by Kendrick and Travis Scott, as well as some jazz and classical records that the store owner recommended.

John’s Canadian shopping trip generated quite a stir on social media, with several fans commenting that the star appeared unhappy about having his photo taken. Not so, according to Beat Street’s owners. In a post to Facebook, they described John’s demeanor:

“Despite how he looked in the picture, he was a perfect gentleman, very nice and respectful. Yes, he did ask for rap music, but like any TRUE music lover, he was buying records from all types of different artists and genres. Nothing like going to the record store and discovering something new.”

Perhaps even more fascinating than John’s eclectic taste in music was the fact that the superstar, who is undoubtedly worth hundreds of millions of dollars, was using a flip phone. Yes, a flip phone.

The multiple-Grammy award winner is in B.C. to play a pair of shows in Victoria this weekend.