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Hamlet Rap from RENAISSANCE MAN
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0668  Tuesday, 20 March 2001

From:           Douglas M Lanier <
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Date:           Tuesday, 20 Mar 2001 10:20:01 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Hamlet Rap from RENAISSANCE MAN

For those interested, here's an accurate text for the "Hamlet Rap" from
RENAISSANCE MAN (1994).  It was written by Marky Mark (now Mark
Wahlberg) and Mervyn Warren.

[All]   They gotta know, they gotta know,
        We gotta flow, they gotta know, they gotta know, ho
        They gotta know, they gotta know,
        We gotta flow, they gotta know, they gotta know, ho
        They gotta know, they gotta know,
        We gotta flow, they gotta know, they gotta know, ho
        They gotta know, they gotta know,
        We gotta flow, they gotta know, they gotta know, ho
        To be or not to be
        The Double D MCs are letting it be
        Let be, to be or not to be
[Montgomery]    MC Hobbs on the job
        Ripping rhymes like the mob
[Hobbs] The shit's iller than Cape Fear, the Shakespeare saga
        Started with this Prince kid, his moms and his father
        His pops got took for his props undercover by his brother, man
[damn]
        Now his brother's king lover, man
        Actin' real trite he took his brother's life
        For his green and to sex up his queen
        But the prince, he ain't goin' for it, he's out for revenge
        His pop's ghost comes and then
[Montgomery]    Dammit, Hamlet, those are your ends!
        So just chill and cool for now
        Play the fool until you take him out
        Cuz all eyes is on you, so the one way or another,
        It's a kamikaze style, or do it undercover
        But either way, ya gotta say-ah, so what the hey-ah
        Strap on your black and get set for the payback
[Benitez]       Ain't got no gat, but he's sportin' a tool
        Strap on the sword for the Laertes duel
[Leroy] Cuz he's tryin' to blame Hamlet for his sister's death
        But she took her own last breath, she ain't got shhh left
[Melvin]  Never heard yet
        A more absurd set
        Of circumstances
        Murder and romances so
[Montgomery]    Incest, we had to put it to rest
        We had time to manifest, he stuck the dagger in the king's chest
[All]   To be or not to be
        The Double D MCs is letting it be
        Let be, To be or not to be
        The Double D MCs is letting it be
        Let be, To be or not to be  [Ophelia]
        The Double D MCs is letting it be
        Let be, To be or not to be
        The Double D MCs is letting it be
        Go Hamlet, go Hamlet, go Hamlet, go Hamlet...

Cheers,
Douglas Lanier

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