There is now a Hip Hop version of Oedipus Rex
For those of you who don’tknow the story of Oedipus Rex, it’s a Greek tragedy about a young man who kills his father and marries his mother. That’s the basic jist of the story. Wikipedia has a better explanation.. This play is called The Seven and is based on “Aeschylus’s tragedy “Seven Against Thebes,” the story of the two sons of Oedipus who take up arms against each other after he curses them.”
The program of the play apparently has a glossary of words that explain what “mack daddy” or “AKs” means while simultaneously explaining who some of the great Greek saga writers were.
Will Power, the rapper and playwright who put this together, found connections between the Greek tragedy and his upbringing in a poor San Francisco neighborhood.
“There’s so much mythology within my own world,” Power said. “A lot of the stories that I have are real-life people but they became larger than life.”
Power not only saw connections in the issues and characters of the myths but he also found parallels in the form of Greek verse and rap, both with staccato lyrics and rhythms.
“Supposedly back in the day they were performing it in rhythm, in chanting and dance,” said Power, who began performing as a rapper as a teenager before training at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.