Rap lyrics treated as a foreign language in British courts?
Posted 06 June 2003 - 04:21 PM
Posted 10 June 2003 - 03:11 PM
I quite like the idea of calling in a drug dealer to explain certain terms to the court.
Posted 11 June 2003 - 07:11 AM
Posted 11 June 2003 - 07:46 AM
Posted 11 June 2003 - 02:03 PM
My reference is Leos Janacek. He studied the patterns of everyday speech of peasants, workers, shopkeepers and bureaucrats and wrote them out in standard musical notation. He went on to compose Jenufa, a true masterpiece of the lyric theater, using what he called "speech melody" in which his music and the words and sentences of the lyrics mirrored each other. There have been stacks of scholarly papers written concerning which was most important, the stresses of the words or the rhythm of the music, but even Janacek was ambiguous regarding this "chicken and egg" question in his letters.
He wanted to produce sung stylizations of everyday speech--in doing so he created high art.
Not sure if this addresses Mary J's point--but there are other cases in opera in which the sections of the text were chosen primarily for the way they sounded.
Posted 11 June 2003 - 06:14 PM
As has been said before, the US and UK are two countries divided by a common language. Never truer, although I doubt I could make sense of the lyrics.
Posted 11 June 2003 - 06:26 PM
Posted 12 June 2003 - 12:33 AM
This was quite funny when it was reported on Radio 4. They have very plummy news readers, so them saying "shizzle my nizzle" in perfect RP was hilarious!
Posted 12 June 2003 - 12:56 AM
not used to it; there even are a few rap bands who sing partly in Occitan (regional language from Southern France), like "Fabulous troubadors" and "Massilia Sound System" (curious that they chose English names ;) )
Well, I even remember a song from a French rap singer (MC Solaar) mentioning proust, so everything happens...
Posted 12 June 2003 - 01:55 AM
Posted 12 June 2003 - 02:58 AM
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