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Copy of Shakespeare vs. Rap Music

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

Amy Donofrio

on 1 April 2015

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Transcript of Copy of Shakespeare vs. Rap Music

Will . i . am Shakespeare, The Father of Rap
What Do You Think?
Why is Hip Hop/Rap so similar to Shakespeare?
Hip Hop or Shakespeare?
"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?
"The most benevolent king communicates through your dreams."
"Impossible" by the Wu-Tang Clan
What do you think: If Shakespeare was alive today, would he be a rapper?
2Pac - Ghetto Gospel: "Don’t then let me get
, the world looks
but when you wipe your eyes, see it
there’s no need for you to
me if you take your time to
me, maybe you can learn to
Shakespeare - Sonnet Number 23: "O, let my books be then the
And dumb presagers of my speaking
, Who plead for love and look for
More than that tongue that more hath more
. O, learn to read what silent love hath
: To hear with eyes belongs to love’s fine
Similar Rhyme Scheme
"I came, saw, and overcame."
- As You Like it by Shakespeare
Similar Topics
"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----.
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