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#105: 'Richard II' by The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company (featuring Akala) @ Thekla, Bristol - 1st October 2013

       Tackling the performance of a Shakespearean text is never an easy task, but when you're aiming to reinvent such a work musically, you run the risk of biting off more than you can chew. Spearheaded by intellectual rapper Akala, the ‘Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company’ (THSC) has attempted to conquer such a feat, reworking the dramatic narrative of Richard II to a format suited for live music.

 

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#83: Akala - 'Fire In The Booth: Part 3'

       Akala delivers his third 'Fire In The Booth' performance, which proves every bit as awe-inspiring as the previous two (watch them HERE on TheSpeakersCorner.co.uk). Drawing upon a fascinating range of topics whilst demonstrating a phenomenal mastery of language and flow, this forms another evolutionary step in the progress of his medium.

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#5: Akala - 'Fire in the Booth'

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#5: Akala - 'Fire in the Booth'

       Much like his 'F64', the content of Akala's 'Fire in the Booth' performance provokes a great deal of thought, whilst being delivered with pinpoint execution over the course of its blazing flow.

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#4: Akala - 'F64'

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#4: Akala - 'F64'

     An incredible 'F64' that raises the benchmark for rap; Akala's flow, intensity and content are all superb.

     Replacing the worthless, 'adolescent' bravado of your average,  "I'm in the club popping Champagne!" rapping with a cry for youths to invest their energy into reading and to pursue knowledge as a means of bettering themselves, this was a brave step away from the pack. Long may it continue.

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