Classical and Rap: Brothers In Arms

NWAAs highlighted in this week’s KA-Blog, the persistently silly Judge Susan Fornof-Lippencott has decided that a lover of rap music cannot be a lover of classical music, and that both musical genres are best viewed as reciprocal forms of punishment. While the Judge’s reasoning is reminiscent of the equally scintillating thoughts of Roderick Spode, 7th Earl of Sidcup, it is worthwhile noting that rap and classical music share a much more interesting and deeper connection: both have achieved some of their most powerful moments when confronting oppression, discrimination, or the results of violence. So, in the spirit of the erstwhile Beadle Bumble Fund, here are some examples that should help heal the (fictive) musical rift:

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five — The Message
Public Enemy — Fight the Power
Dead Prez — Police State
N.W.A. — Express Yourself
Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy — Language Of Violence

Ludwig van Beethoven — Fidelio
Giuseppe Verdi — Nabucco
Benjamin Britten — War Requiem
John Adams — The Death of Klinghoffer
Osvaldo Golijov — Ainadamar

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