Calling all Hamlet enthusiasts!
If you feel your playlist needs a little lift, you have come to the right place for an antidote. Your prescription for your soundtrack is- bizarre as it may sound- a Hamlet rap.
Seeing new and innovative interpretations of Hamlet inspires me. Reinventions are wonderful things in that they have a tendency to rekindle your excitement for texts, ideas, subject areas, artists, histories, and so much more. They are like pick-me-ups, with a fantastic ability to make you happy and trigger a deep passion for your interests.
One of the most notable of these interpretations that I have had the pleasure of reading was recommended to me by a friend- a Hamlet rap written by Wade Bradford, who warns us that “Shakespeare might be spinning in his grave during this assignment. For that matter, Tupac might start spinning as well”, yet gives us a particularly funny and enjoyable rap, which I would like to share with you all today.
Hamlet Rap by Wade Bradford
Guard #1: What’s that sound?
Guard #2: All around – I don’t know.
Guard #1: Don’t you hear it?
Guard #2: This Denmark place is haunted by an evil spirit!
Horatio: Here comes Prince Hamlet, he’s a melancholy Dane.
Hamlet: My mother and my uncle are driving me insane!
Yo Horatio – why did we come out here?
There’s nothing in the forest for me to fear.
Horatio: Hamlet, don’t get upset and don’t go mad.
And don’t look now-
Hamlet: IT’S THE GHOST OF MY DAD!
What is this apparition with eyes that fright?
Ghost: I am thy father’s spirit who does forever walk the night.
Your uncle killed your daddy, but that ain’t the bomb-
That big jerk went and married your Mom!
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