Hip Hop & Shakespeare Akala & the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company

For the following quotes, choose whether you believe the quote is from Hip Hop or Shakespeare. 1. “To destroy the beauty from which one came” Hip Hop Shakespeare

2. “Maybe it's hatred I spew; maybe it's food for the spirit” Hip Hop Shakespeare

3. “Men would rather use their broken weapons than their bare hands” Hip Hop 4. “I was not born under a rhyming planet” Hip Hop Shakespeare Shakespeare

5. “The most benevolent king communicates through your dreams” Hip Hop Shakespeare

6. “Socrates' philosophies and hypotheses can't define” Hip Hop Shakespeare

7. Akala makes the point that it's hard to distinguish between hip hop and Shakespeare when the context & perception is taken away and you're left with the “raw language of the two art forms.” Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? 8. What are some of the things that hip hop and Shakespeare share? 9. By writing in iambic pentameter, what did Shakespeare enable his rhymes to do? 10. What does Akala call iambic penameter (he says to place your hand over your heart in order to feel it)? 11. Akala makes the point that iambic pentameter often acts as a mnemonic device-- something that helps readers to remember the words easier. Do you think putting words to a rhythm enables you to remember the information better? Why or why not?

12. In hip hop, Shakespeare, and real life, what you say is just as important as... ? 13. When Shakespeare was alive, did his plays sound the same way they do now? Give an example to prove yes or no: 14. What does Akala mean by the term “a custodian of knowledge”? 15. Why do some people take issue with Shakespeare being a “custodian of knowledge”? 16. Quite literally, what does the term “Hip Hop” mean? 17. The fifth element of hip hop is _______________________. 18. In the medieval West African empires, a griot is a member of the community who does what? 19. Most commercially successful rappers boast about what two main things, according to Akala? 20. What does Akala say is one of the most inspirational things about hip hop? 21. According to Akala, hip hop and Shakespeare share one great power. What is that power? 22. The success or failure of societies in the 21st century will be dependent on what? 23. Akala states that hip hop and Shakespeare share “a unity in human culture, a unity in the ideas that humans pursue; and to inspire people towards their own form of artistic literary, cultural, & societal excellence.” After watching this video, do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

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