Hamlet Rap

Date: 2007
Posted by: BloodOctopus
Cast: not given
Credits: Music by Mathew Letersky
Duration: 1.55

Another year, another Hamlet rap, but this is one of the better ones to be found on YouTube. It’s a Canadian student rapping the ‘to be or not to be’ soliloquy for his English class. It’s captured handheld from a mid-classroom viewpoint in the plainest of styles, but what makes the video is the performer’s conviction and astute use of emphasis (note the punch of ‘give us pause’ followed by ‘respect’). This is Hamlet as a rap because it was meant to be rapped, not because it might be funny to do so.

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