In groups of 3, you will write and submit a historical rap battle (back-and-forth between two historical figures, civilizations, etc.). The lyrics that you compose should be the product of thoughtful scholarly research (you will use library resources). The lyrics and footnotes should demonstrate strong command of available evidence and understanding of historical context and larger significance.
Bonus points if you record your lyrics!
The following excerpt is taken from “Epic Rap Battles of History.” The annotation is my own. More examples can be found online.
“Gandhi v. Martin Luther King Jr.”
Epic rap battles of history!
Martin Luther King! versus! Gandhi!
You want to battle wits? See who’s a better pacifist
I fought the caste system, but you still cannot touch this
Slumdog skillionaire, first name Messiah
Raps so hot I spit yoga fire
Everything you preach, I said it first
You should just jot down these words, plagiarize my whole verse
Leave your thoughts on the door like the real Martin Luther
I’m not thinking you shall overcome this Junior
[Martin Luther King Jr.:]
I’m the King of civil rights from the city to suburbia
No shoes, no shirt, but I’m still gonna serve ya
Make you swallow your words so you can break the fast
Then thank God almighty, you can eat at last
I admire the way you broke the British power
But I have a dream that one day you’ll take a shower
Like the H in your name, you ought to remain silent
Flatten your style like bread, Naan-violence