3 0 obj AKALA raps Sonnet 18 again over an uptempo grime beat, closer to 140 BPM. How? Yeah, a hundred percent. Students answer a few questions about this talk, then watch another video - a fictional rap battle between Shakespeare and Dr Seuss. BARBARA: Well, we’ve been talking about a lot of these misperceptions of Shakespeare but what are the common misperceptions of hip-hop? Our main building is closed for a multi-year renovation. You know, if you’re 12 how would you understand… the fact it’s even called the “Mystery of Iniquity” or RZA, “12 Jewelz,” he’s gotta rap about physics, right? ( Log Out / Students answer a few questions about this talk, then watch another video - a fictional rap battle between Shakespeare … Square And you could take any verse of Shakespeare that’s in iambic pentameter and you can put it on most regular 4/4 hip-hop and you can put it on most of what we call in the UK “grime”—it’s a very transferable rhythm. And we’ve done this pop quiz quite a … AKALA: Next one, we will go for, “I was not born under a rhyming planet.”. It helps us to get the word out to people who haven’t heard it, people who might enjoy it. Thanks. 8. We had help from Joe Philip at Covered PR, from Mariama Abudulai and from Ryan Pate at the Dub Room Studio in Los Angeles. Choose from a variety of Folger events and programs, on Capitol Hill, around Washington, DC, and across the country. And before it became fully mainstream, you know, groups like the Wu-Tang and others, you know, made it mainstream but to a really credible audience. You think of Shakespeare’s best characters. And so, Shakespeare is related to that whole politics of the British class system. I’m from the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. But if you do like them, that’s absolutely fine, too, and you don’t have to ask anyone’s permission. I don’t think it has the same ring. m�4:�@� Shakespeare Unlimited comes to you from the Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection. AKALA: Precisely. BARBARA: I don’t think that’s Shakespeare. BARBARA: That’s right. They made music in spite of the condition of enslavement. So if artists wanna learn how to make stuff rhythmic that doesn’t rhyme, you think of Hamlet: “What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving…”. You know, they watch MTV and they see MTV’s version of hip-hop culture, which is ironic given that, you know, Viacom is this massive big corporation. Harry of Hereford, Lancaster, and DerbyAm I, who ready here do stand in arms. I always recognized that hip-hop had a range of expressions. But Bob Marley’s an icon. 4 0 obj He became part of the elite in a way. One of the interesting things about the iambic pentameter is, because of this very consistent 10-syllable structure, you can do exactly that. BARBARA: Well, spew is such a Shakespearean word, I think. Introducing Textbook Solutions. ELA-Literacy. This is a totally manufactured way of speaking. I mean he was not Oxford…. AKALA: No, I don’t think that has the same ring to it. You won’t always be able to pick up the rhyme. in (parentheses) For the following quotes, choose whether you believe the quote is from Hip Hop, or Shakespeare. 1 0 obj 3. Nasir Jones. And if you think of the millions of people all around the world, that rap, only a handful of them are actually genuinely incredible. They call blues “devil’s music” and they called it “the Negro’s revenge.” That’s an actual quote from the Daily Mail. So, when you turn on the BBC, you’ll find that people speak like this. You can learn more about Akala’s work at www.hiphopShakespeare.com. London WC1R 4HQ. And I think that’s something that gets completely lost in a lot of, well in kind of popular understanding of what hip-hop is. Draw for your sword orSee to it your knees meet and greet the ground,Bow! Yeah, so if you’ve got a four bar beat but you’ve got ten clicks of the high hat across those four bars, that’s sort of the way I would visually insert what your voice is doing and what the syllables are doing rhythmically within the kind of pattern of the drum structure. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Name: _____ Period: _____ Hip Hop and Shakespeare Today we will watch a video of a TED talk delivered by a man named Akala who founded the Hip Hop Shakespeare company. Hip Hop and Shakespeare Akala and the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company Teacher Edition- Answers are. ����\K Square BARBARA: The horrible ones are the interesting ones, yeah. What is the definition of the phrase “hip hop”? Garland Scott is the associate producer. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. And that isn’t an accident. BARBARA: Well, as you say, they haven’t ever been exposed to this tradition of there’s this, you know, bifurcation in hip-hop. AKALA: That’s all right. So, if you come to England, you’ll hear more people that sound like me but that way of speaking, Received Pronunciation, so-called Queen’s English, did not exist in Shakespeare’s time. Cause they’re not that interesting. %PDF-1.5 And, actually, 95 percent of all the words in Shakespeare’s canon we still use. Shakespeare’s characters are… the best ones are all imperfect. AKALA: Okay. It’s literally all over the place. You know, Ovid, Pluto, the Bible. BARBARA: So, you’re talking about the work that you do with The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company. Making connections between Hip Hop rhythms and iambic pentameter in Shakespeare's verse. View US version . Make some notes on the connections Akala makes between: Language and power Shakespeare and hip-hop Knowledge and custody 2. And you mentioned a few of them. You know, you’re being poetic but at the same time you’ve put these very serious constraints on you but what the iambic pentameter, I think, gives you, it makes it a lot easier to memorize and as we’ve now discovered, you know, we can see that over modern music is a pretty good way for a person to learn how to flow. BARBARA: I still don’t recognize that line from Shakespeare. Othello is not originally his story. [CLIP from the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”], So after school, I take a dip in the pool, which is really on the wall.I got a color TV so I can see the Knicks play basketball.Hear me talking 'bout checkbooks, credit cards, more money, than a sucker could ever spend…. AKALA: But then the band and the actors who are also rappers and singers rewrote the rest of the story of Richard II as a collection of songs. BARBARA: Well, what I find interesting about peoples’ misperceptions, I mean this gets back to this relationship between hip-hop and Shakespeare that you talk about, is that Shakespeare really was the original mash-up artist as well. Lexicography and the OED edited by Lynda Mugglestone
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