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Shakespeare Rap Industry Exposed

The very first works of the literary genius Shakespeare were handwritten works. He is the most widely read author in the whole of the Western World. Many of his works were books like Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, the famous Romeo and Juliet and many more which after some time, became plays as well. Many of his works were also poems and love sonnets also became so famous. And yet when we think about him, we instantly think of his famous plays and books and less of his poems and even.. less of his new generation-restored-raps? Here below, are some of the rap compilations which helped revive and inspire many to become interested and become part of the Shakespeare community all over the world.

THE OTHELLO RAP

Here’s the story of a brother by the name of Othello.
He liked white women and he liked green Jell-O.
And a punk named Iago who made himself a menace
Because he didn’t like Othello, the Moor of Venice.
Now Othello got married to a chick named Desdemona.
But he went off to the wars and he left her alona.
It was a mona–
A groana–
He left her alona.
He didn’t write a letter and didn’t telefona.
Desdemona she was fearful, she was chastity-tight.
She was the daughter of the Duke. Yeah, she was totally white.
Now Othello loved Desi like Adonis loved Venus.
And Desi loved Othello —
‘Cuz he had a big sword.
He said, I’m gonna shaft the Moor.
How’re you gonna do it? Tell us.
Well, I know his tragic flaw: He’s too damn jealous.
I need a dupe, I need a dope, I need a kind of a schmo.
So he found himself a chump sucker by the name of Cassio.
So he plants on him Desdemona’s handkerchiefs.
So Othello starts to wondering just maybe if
while he’s been out fighting, Commanding an army.
Desi and Cass were playing hide the salami.
Salami, salami, s-s-salami.
So he comes back home and stuck a pillow on her face.
Kills her and soliloquizes ’bout his disgrace.
But there’s Amelia at the door who we met in Act IV.
Who says, “You big dummy. She weren’t no ho.”
She was pure, clean, virginal too.
So why’d you have to go and make her face turn blue?
It’s true.
It’s you.
Now what you gonna do?
And Othello says, Damn, this is getting pretty scary.
So he pulled out a blade and committed hara-kiri.
Do that funky Moor thing, white boy.
Iago got caught but he probably copped a plea.
Loaded up his bags
And moved to Beverly.
Hills, that is.
We have been the Reduced Shakespeare Company.
RAP LXXI
William Shakespeare. Sonnet LXXI
Above is the LXXI sonnet rap which is made more interesting by putting some rapping skills twist in it. The writings or the lyrics are quite different though but it does relay almost the same message except it’s a lot more funnier and catchier this time.

ORIGINAL TEXT OF THE RAP LXXI:
No longer mourn for me when I am dead
Then you shall hear the surly sullen bell
Give warning to the world that I am fled
From this vile world, with vilest worms to dwell:
Nay, if you read this line, remember not
The hand that writ it; for I love you so
That I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot
If thinking on me then should make you woe.
O, if, I say, you look upon this verse
When I perhaps compounded am with clay,
Do not so much as my poor name rehearse.
But let your love even with my life decay,
Lest the wise world should look into your moan
And mock you with me after I am gone.

The Cosby Show Shakespeare Rap
Some Shakespearian comedy rap that kids at an early age who haven’t heard of Shakespeare may be able to appreciate.

Here Bellow is one of the latest versions of Shakespeare Rap that shows how people today still relate their present life to the ancient but genius Shakespeare.

SNOOP DOGG- Drop It Like its Hot Shakespearian Mix

As we can see in the videos, Shakespeare is not only known for his literary novels and poems, but also for his plays and rap videos as well. Although he was not the one who created or revived his works through raps, we can see how people today have come to like and love Shakespeare. People are inspired and they appreciate this so much. The rap videos itself show that up to the present time, the literary genius Shakespeare is still alive to the fullest and will forever be despite the end of his novel writing. Thus, people would forever have Shakespeare in their own world. And even if all people would come to an end someday, somehow and in someway, the Shakespeare work of art and creativity would forever remain: the art of rap with its uniqueness and for the succeeding generations to come.

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  1. yumurayama
    March 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    This Multimedia essay also caught my attention. Personally i love listening to this kind of music especially Rap and RNB type of music. and when i saw this post, it made me laugh. I find it funny and interesting because knowing that people really try to make people interested in the works of Shakespeare. Through different interests of people and what they really like.

  2. jmzmj
    March 23, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Cool! This is a breakthrough in Shakespearian art! I used to handle his works as sterile art that should be taken as it is and should be left as it is. It is nothing but amazing that people have found a way to make it generative. It is true that through history, we provide basis for improvement.

  3. March 23, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I’m not a fan of rap music but i had fun reading your post and watching some of the videos especially RSC’s Othello Rap. I have watched it a couple of times before but whenever i do so I always end up laughing. I think these are some of the reasons why people adapt Shakespeare not only to rap music but also in other mediums – it makes Shakespeare fun, interesting, and easy to remember especially for the youth 🙂

    • March 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm

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      Irene Louise S. Arabelo
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