http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2009/apr/15/shakespeare-hip-hip-rap/print Found this article cruising Twitter today. The theme is pretty generic – teaching Shakespeare by putting a “hip hop”, aka “rap” spin on it. I like this article, though, because it points out that rap doesn’t have to be all “tits and arse and jewellery,” and that real artists can get real poetry and social commentary out of the medium.
Some of the kids tell me that they hate how Shakespeare is taught at school – how boring the approach is. But will this send them scuttling back to Othello with a fresh eye? Akala says the aim isn’t that limited: "It’s about showing them what’s attainable. And if Shakespeare is presented as the most unattainable, highbrow entity, but then it’s made relevant to them, what else might be? It’s part of a wider effort to open kids up to what they wouldn’t traditionally be interested in."
Emphasis mine, because I think that sums it up. They also mention in the article how the kids aren’t in it for the Shakespeare, but for the rapping (which pains me, trust me), so they’re the exact audience you want to go after with this kind of approach. If they’d come in already interested in Shakespeare, well then that’s good, but the guy’d be up there preaching to the converted.