Ok, so, yesterday I was challenged to do a Shakespearean Hip Hop mashup game. This is trickier than it sounds because on the one hand you’ve got source material that’s stayed pretty constant for the last 400 years, and on the other you’ve got a musical genre that’s pretty much entirely evolved within the last, what, 40 years or so? So your definition of hip hop might be different from mine.
With that in mind, enjoy!
Shakespearean Hip Hop Lyrics
- “Won’t the real Cesario please stand up, please stand up, please stand up?”
- “U Can’t Touch This Dagger” – M.C. Duncan
- “I sang a hey, non, the nonny, the nonny,
To the hey hey nonny, I can stop
The singing to the down-a-down rhythm;
In his grave rain’d many a tear.
Fare you well my love! Hey nonny a-down.”
– Sugarhill Ophelia
- “I like sack butts and I cannot lie.” – Sir Falstaff-a-lot
- “Don’t push him ‘cuz he’s close to the edge, Macbeth tryin’ not to lose his head.”
- “Accidentally killed your wife? I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but Emilia ain’t one.” – I(ago) Z
- “Mama said knock Laertes out! I’m gonna knock him out!” – LL Kool Hamlet
- “So Montagues and Capulets across the land, take it from us, parents just don’t understand.” – DJ Lazy Lawrence and Escalus, the Fresh Prince