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Copy of Copy of Shakespeare vs. Rap Music

This is a comparison between Shakespeare's writings and Hip Hop/Rap Music

Stephanie Hunter

on 10 April 2015

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Transcript of Copy of Copy of Shakespeare vs. Rap Music

What Do You Think?
Why is Hip Hop/Rap so similar to Shakespeare?
Hip Hop or Shakespeare?

On your Venn Diagram, I want you and your partner to give me two compare and contrast. Are Hip Hop and Shakespeare relatable?
"To destroy the beauty from which one came."
"You Must Love Me" by Sean Carter (a.k.a. Jay Z)
"Maybe it's hatred I spew maybe it's food for the spirit"
Rap or Shakespeare?
"Renegade" by Jay-Z feat. Eminem
Rap or Shakespeare?
Rap or Shakespeare?
"Men would rather use their broken weapons than their bare hands."
Quote from "Othello"
Rap or Shakespeare?

"Understanding makes my truth, crystal clear"
"Impossible" by the Wu-Tang Clan
Hip Hop vs. Shakespeare
What do you think: If Shakespeare was alive today, would he be a rapper?

Lable the literary devices such as alliteration, metaphor, simile, personification, rhythm, and rhyme amongest your poem.
Total of 5
"I came, saw, and overcame."
- As You Like it by Shakespeare
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"I came, I saw, I conquered."
- Numb/Encore by Jay-Z and
Linkin Park
"Everything you stand for turns on you to spite you?"
Rap or Shakespeare?
Eminem from
"When I'm Gone"
"My words fly up, my thoughts remain below."
Rap or Shakespeare?
Rap or Shakespeare?
“I was not born under a rhyming planet”
Interview with Tupac Shakur (1995)
LA Times

Q: You studied at the Baltimore School of Performing Arts. Does your theater background influence your songwriting?

A: It influences all my work. I really like stuff like "Les Miserables" and "Gospel at Colonus." And I love Shakespeare. He wrote some of the rawest stories, man. I mean look at Romeo and Juliet. That's some serious ghetto [expletive]. You got this guy Romeo from the Bloods who falls for Juliet, a female from the Crips, and everybody in both gangs are against them. So they have to sneak out and they end up dead for nothing. Real tragic stuff.

And look how Shakespeare busts it up with Macbeth. He creates a tale about this king's wife who convinces a happy man to chase after her and kill her husband so he can take over the country. After he commits the murder, the dude starts having delusions just like in a Scarface song. I mean the king's wife just screws this guy's whole life up for nothing. Now that's what I call a b----.

: Student will be introduced to hip hop and Shakespeare and determine rather hip hop holds the same values as Shakespeare poetry. Student will demostrate the ten basic poetry and literary elements. Students will then create their own poetry using both hip hop and Shakespeare lines. Closing students will compare and contrast between the two.
Nevada Standards:
• By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Reading Informational Text (RI)
• Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
Randomly pick 10 lines of poetry. Five from the purple and five from the black and write them on the back of your venn diagram. Pick wisely.

One volunteer from each group will read or rap the resulting “found poem” to the class.
How are their lyrics similar and different?

Do some Shakespeare lines sounds like they could be from a hip hop song?

Did the modern lines and Shakespearean lines go well together to form a poem?
Love is merely a madness
The course of true love never did run smooth
You, in my respect, are all the world
My heart unto yours is knit
O, how I love thee! How I dote on thee!
I do love nothing in the world so well as you
I give away myself for you
Speak low if you speak love
I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest
My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep
Is love a tender thing?
O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
I ne'er saw true beauty till this night
Walk this earth for her, glory, I'm grateful
To be in her presence I try to stay faithful
From lack of love many hide, some run
Love can free us, to it some of us react as a slave
Serenade her, without speaking a word
Because of you I'm stronger, I'm afraid no longer
I feel so alive in me, you have liberated me
I just want you to know your whole being is beautiful
I want to build a tribe with you, protect and provide for you
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