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Title of vid: Comedy Tragedy History
Recipient: gwenfrankenstien
Vidder: such heights
Fandom: Hamilton (Broadway Musical)
Music: Comedy Tragedy History by Akala
Summary: Spit so hard but I'm smart as the Bard.
Content notes: No standardized notes apply
Signed length: 03:45
Signed URL: http://such-heights.dreamwidth.org/467201.html

Lyrics
Dat boy Akala's a diamond fella

All you little boys are a Comedy of Errors

You bellow but you fellows get played like

The cello, I'm doing my ting

You're jealous like Othello

Who you? what you gonna do?

All you little boys get Tamed like the Shrew

You're mid-summer dreamin'

Your tunes ain't appealing

I'm Capulet, you're Montague, I ain't feeling

I am the Julius Caesar hear me

The Merchant Of Venice couldn't sell your CD

As for me, All's Well That Ends Well

Your boy's like Macbeth, you're going to Hell

Measure for Measure, I am the best here

You're Merry Wives of Windsor not King Lear

I don't know about Timon

I know he was in Athens

When I come back like Hamlet you pay for your action



Dat boy Akala, I do it As You Like It

You're Much Ado About Nothing

All you do is bite it

I'm too tight, I don't need 12 Nights

All you little Tempests get murked on the mic

Of course I'm the one with the force

You're history just like Henry IV

I'm fire, things look dire

Better run like Pericles Prince Of Tyre

Off the scale, cold as a Winter's Tale

Titus Andronicus was bound to fail

So will you if Akala get at ya

That's suicide like Anthony & Cleopatra

Cymbeline was a modern day Bridget Jones

Love's Labours Lost, a woman on her own

She needed Two Gentlemen Of Verona

This is illa State and I am the owner



Wise is the man that knows he's a fool

Tempt not a desperate man with a jewel

Why take from Peter to go pay Paul?

Some rise by sin and by virtue fall

What have you made if you gain the whole world

But sell your own soul for the price of a pearl?

The world is my oyster and I am starving

I want much more than a penny or a farthing

I told no joke, I hope you're not laughing

Poet or pauper which do you class him?

Speak eloquent, though I am resident to the gritty inner city

That's surely irrelevant

Call it urban, call it street

A rose by any other name, smell just as sweet

Spit so hard, but I'm smart as the Bard

Come through with a Union Jack for the yard



Akala, Akala, wherefore art thou?

I'm the black Shakespeare and

The secret's out now

Chance never did crown me, this is destiny

You still talk but it still perplexes me

Devour cowards, thousands per hour

Don't you know the king's name is a tower?

You should never speak it

It is not a secret

I teach thesis, like anicent Greece's

Or Egyptology, never no apology

In my mind's eye, I see things properly

Stopping me, nah you could never possibly

I bear a charmed life, most probably

For certain I put daggers in a phrase

I'll put an end to your dancing days

No matter what you say it will never work

Wrens can't make prey

Where eagles don't perch

I'm the worst with the words

Cos I curse all my verbs

I'm the first with a verse to rehearse with a nurse

There's a hearse for the first jerk who turn berserk

Off with his head, cos it must not work

Ramp with Akala, that is true madness

And there's no method in it, just sadness

I speak with the daggers and the hammers

Of a passion when I'm rappin I attack 'em

In a military fashion the pattern of my rappin

Chattin couldn't ever map it

And I run more rings round things than Saturn

Sick, never slackin' like a pig with a baton

Verses split big kids wigs when I'm rappin



That boy Akala, the black Shakespeare

Didn't want to listen, when I said last year

Rich like a gem in a Ethiope's ear

Tell them again

For them who never hear

Date: 2016-01-30 04:27 pm (UTC)
calvinahobbes: Calvin holding a cardboard tv-shape up in front of himself (Default)
From: [personal profile] calvinahobbes
That was EPIC o.o And you picked Akala! I loved the combination of stage and behind-the-scenes footage. What an inspired idea.

Date: 2016-01-30 04:28 pm (UTC)
gwenfrankenstien: Cartoon version of Mattell's Frankie Stein doll, the teen daughter of Frankenstein's monster (Default)
From: [personal profile] gwenfrankenstien
PERFECT song choice! Totally impressed by how much you managed to do with limited footage. Putting the behind the scenes/Ham4Ham stuff between the verses was a really clever way to present the show's story AND the story OF the show at the same time. Thank you so much!

Date: 2016-01-30 04:44 pm (UTC)
raven: Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, wearing green and red and looking up (Default)
From: [personal profile] raven
I love this. It's remarkable and sensitive and so alive to the idea of transformation as art (and vice versa!).

Date: 2016-01-30 05:13 pm (UTC)
isagel: Lex and Clark of Smalllville, a black and white manip of them naked and embracing, with the text 'Isagel'. (Default)
From: [personal profile] isagel
This vid is amazing! :D

Date: 2016-01-30 05:34 pm (UTC)
scribe: very old pencil sketch of me with the word "scribe" (Default)
From: [personal profile] scribe
Oh my god this is fabulous. The way you wove back and forth between the world of the show and the show in the world is seamless and so great, I have two layers of extreme feelings all at once! And as others have said, really excellent song choice. Bravo!

Date: 2016-01-30 05:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] heresluck
Okay, first, how did I not know about Akala? FIXING THAT RIGHT NOW.

The song is so terrific for Hamilton -- the speed, the wordplay; plus all the snippets from Shakespeare's titles and lines: the musical really is comedy + tragedy + history! And I love the way you stretch the limited footage of the musical itself by embedding it in the context of the musical's creation and reception. There's just so much here! I will be rewatching for sure.

Date: 2016-01-30 05:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fairestcat
I really enjoyed this. The switch between the footage of the show and the footage around the show was nicely done.

Date: 2016-01-30 05:45 pm (UTC)
laurashapiro: a woman sits at a kitchen table reading a book, cup of tea in hand. Table has a sliced apple and teapot. A cat looks on. (Default)
From: [personal profile] laurashapiro
As others have said, this song is absolutely ideal. I really appreciate the way you used it, too -- the idea of the instrumental bits showcasing the creation of the show, while the verses showcase the characters.

Date: 2016-01-30 07:24 pm (UTC)
leanwellback: a black-backed jackal looking right, into the distance (Default)
From: [personal profile] leanwellback
AHHHH SO GREAT!! Wonderful choice of song, and a fantastic mix of the production itself and behind the scenes stuff. I'm just overwhelmed by how much you did with such limited source, bravo!

Date: 2016-01-30 07:53 pm (UTC)
kiki_miserychic: A Dinosaur and Kate Spade Shoes Fairytale (Default)
From: [personal profile] kiki_miserychic
WOW!

Date: 2016-01-30 08:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pearwaldorf
I love the way you structured this vid, the mixture of the stage and external source. It gives a really well-rounded perspective to all the things we love about the show.

Date: 2016-01-30 10:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverhare
Oh my GOSH. That song, that song was totally epic, and clever and brilliant and perfect for Hamilton.

WOW.

Date: 2016-01-31 01:02 am (UTC)
lannamichaels: "For Shame!" "For the revolution!" (hamilton - for the revolution)
From: [personal profile] lannamichaels
This is amazing. The editing is phenomenal and the song choice is brilliant. I'm going to have to check out more by this artist. :D

Date: 2016-01-31 02:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] no_detective
Oh my god, what an INCREDIBLE use of this song! Terrific work.

Date: 2016-01-31 03:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] boomqueen
Really stunning work--wow!

Date: 2016-01-31 03:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] livrelibre
This was so amazing!

Date: 2016-01-31 05:17 pm (UTC)
arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
From: [personal profile] arduinna
This is just amazing, and the song choice is perfection. Wow.

Date: 2016-01-31 11:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] croissantkatie
Woah that was amazing. So many little bits which I loved - the coat flip combined with "I am the best here" and "pay for your actions" going with the duel and the whole verse associated with the Aaron Burr section. And the non-show footage with the instrumental sections! I just thought the whole thing was really clever, fun and awesome!
Edited Date: 2016-01-31 11:19 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-02-02 01:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brigdh
Wow, what a great vid! A fantastic song choice, and I really love what you managed to do with such sparse footage. Great job!

Date: 2016-02-02 03:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jetpack_monkey
This is one of the awesome Festivids that's convinced me to give Hamilton another shot (heh). Just watching it performed is delightful. The way you've woven the meta-narrative of the play's creation and creator into the whole thing is just breathtaking.

Date: 2016-02-02 11:35 pm (UTC)
isis: (Default)
From: [personal profile] isis
As others have said, the song is an amazing choice, and the editing you've done against it is great. I particularly like Hamilton at the Julius Caesar line, and the Jefferson section. I also like the way you have combined sources.

Date: 2016-02-05 04:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vivien
Excellent song choice, and the edits fit so well. Loved your use of footage, too.

Date: 2016-02-07 10:08 pm (UTC)
bingeling: photo of Aesop Rock, aka the most genius person to walk this earth (Default)
From: [personal profile] bingeling
I'm breathless, that was an amazing ride!

Date: 2016-02-12 03:46 am (UTC)
templemarker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] templemarker
This was so awesome! The frenetic pace tracked so well with the on-beat nature of Hamilton. THank you for vidding!

Date: 2016-02-12 12:25 pm (UTC)
felis: (Thirteen)
From: [personal profile] felis
Nice song choice and whirlwind energy, especially with the meta narrative on the instrumental parts, showing how the show took off and became the phenomenon it is now.

Date: 2016-02-13 04:16 am (UTC)
sasha_feather: Daredevil in a suit (Daredevil)
From: [personal profile] sasha_feather
Amazing song and great vid!!

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