Elba’s music career began when he was 14 years old, nearly a decade before he began acting. His first DJ name was Mr. Kipling — and the name has quite an origin story. “Mr. Kipling is a brand of cakes. In England, cakes are also called tarts. Back in the day, I was smooth with the ladies and they call ladies tarts. One day I walked in to this party, and one of my friends said, ‘Idris, you have more tarts than Mr. Kipling,” Elba told E! News. The stage name later evolved to become “Big Driss.”



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