Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Place to Go for the Julius Caesar Rap

Free Enterprise. Dir. Robert Meyer Burnett. Perf. William Shatner, Eric McCormack, and Audie England. 1998. DVD. Anchor Bay, 2006.
You can go to The Cosby Show to find a rap based on Julius Caesar, but if you really want something special, you have to head to a 1998 Star Trek-related film entitled Free Enterprise.

There, William Shatner himself sings (chants? recites? vociferates?) a song with a high percentage of lyrics from the play itself.

It’s pretty hard to describe. So you’ll just have to try it out for yourself!

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