Shakespeare In Rap

Published on by Francesca Quarto

Sometimes I get these crazy notions. For instance: how interesting it would be, to get a famous Rap Artist perform Hamlet in the hard hitting, back-beat of a Rapper, instead of the sometimes prissy voice of an old English professor.

In other words; set Shakespeare's famous Tragedies like Hamlet, MacBeth, Romeo and Juliet, to Rap Music!

In truth, I don't actually know any famous Rappers by name, or any performers of this specialized music genre. Hence, I can't say who might best perform these dark plays.

However, when I hear any of their musical contributions to the world, I notice how it always leaves behind a deep impression, rather like that of a claw hammer.

In reality, it's near impossible to expect young people (that's every who can't remember the name of the lead singer of the Grateful Dead) to sit back and read any of this planet's most famous writers in literature, in any language.

I mean, how the heck can they relate to all those obscure statements on life and death? sexual fantasy and true love?

If kids today had wires connecting them to their multitude of devises for reading, gaming, speaking, messaging...they'd likely be unable to move off their seats...of course, many of them don't move in any case, because they are bloated with Internet connections.

If only a really popular Rapper would introduce these culturally starved kids to the Bard, something remarkable might happen.

Kids could actually rediscover books with covers and pages to turn. Hmm...now that's a novel concept I can't rap!

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