William Shakespeare and hip hop artists like Jay Z and Eminem have a lot in common according to poet, writer, historian and activist Akala. He says the Bard and modern rappers are all about interpreting the stories of their times.
Akala is an award winning rapper himself . He started the Hip Hop Shakespeare company in 2009 as a way to bring the work of Shakespeare to younger audiences, and to highlight the linguistic parallels between modern hip hop music and plays and sonnets written more than 400 years ago.
Akala will the touring New Zealand in the next few months.