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Comedy Tragedy History

Alternative title
Freedom Lasso
Synopsis
'Comedy Tragedy History’ is the second release from London hip-hop artist Kingslee ‘Akala’ MacLean Daley’s critically acclaimed second album ‘Freedom Lasso’. Wth this track, Akala pays homage to the literary genius of the Bard, referencing 27 of Shakespeare’s plays over a dirty-electro house sample.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Audio
Year of release
2007
Duration
3:58

Credits

Cast
Akala 

Additional Details

Production type
Sound Recordings(Commercial)
Plays
All’s Well That Ends Well; Antony and Cleopatra; As You Like It; Comedy of Errors, The; Cymbeline; Hamlet; Henry IV Part 1; Henry IV Part 2; Julius Caesar; King Lear; Love’s Labour’s Lost; Macbeth; Measure for Measure; Merchant of Venice, The; Merry Wives of Windsor, The; Midsummer Night’s Dream, A; Much Ado About Nothing; Othello; Pericles, Prince of Tyre; Romeo and Juliet; Taming of the Shrew, The; Tempest, The; Timon of Athens; Titus Andronicus; Two Gentlemen of Verona, The; Winter’s Tale, The
Subjects
Music
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Rap music; Hip Hop
Related items
Twin B [18/11/2006]

Notes

Notes
Official website at http://www.akalamusic.com/ (accessed 12/2009)
General
The track was inspired by a live BBC 1Xtra’s radio show (Twin B ) in during which Akala was challenged to come up with an impromptu freestyle making use of as many Shakespeare play titles as possible.
History
The album was released on October 10, 2007.
Awards
2006 Mobo (Music of Black Origin) award for best British hip-hop artist.
Textual information
Lyrics at http://www.akalamusic.com/AkalaMusic.html (accessed 12/2009)
Reviews
"True to form, Akala spits furious lyrics set against a relentless electro sample from Baxter Baxter’s ‘Straylight’, with an orgy of genre defying demonic beats straddling everything from drum’n’bass to nu-rave, delectably seasoned with a live string quartet and live drums". According to Akala "it wasn’t that hard, you’d be surprised how much of our everyday language is made up from Shakespeare - ' the shirt off my back’, ‘method in his madness’ the list is endless, Shakespeare wasn’t just an amazing playwright - his insight into humanity was so crazy that he’s affected language 400 in his future!" (http://www.ilikemusic.com/hiphop/Akala_Comedy_Tragedy_History_Freedom_Lasso-4755, accessed 12/2009)

Production Company

Name

Illa State Records

Email
info@illastate.com
Web
http://www.illastate.com/ External site opens in new window

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
http://www.bl.uk/nsa External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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