Book Club Discussions - If Gandalf Spit Rhymes...
Getting a bit bored with your book club discussions? Want to make things a bit more interesting?
Gandalf is one of the most iconic figures in literary history. And let’s face it, whether turning Frodo and the gang around with riddles or going on seemingly endless monologues, the guy likes to wax poetic. It wouldn’t be such of a stretch to imagine Kendrick Lamar pulling inspiration from the wizard.
We’ve reimagined one of his poems from the Fellowship of the Ring as a modern rap song below. Give it a go with your book club for plenty of lolz. We think Tolkien would be down.
When evening in the m.A.A.d city was black
the gunshots on the Hill were heard;
before the dawn he went away
And he gon' crash it when nobody's home.
From Compton to LA,
from northern waste to Hollywood hill,
through dragon-lair and bullet shells
and tore up projects he walked at will.
With Kung Fu Kenny and Kid Capri,
with mortal and immortal crew,
geeked and fired up
he put lyric and lifeline on the line
A deadly gun, a healing hand,
a back that bent beneath its load;
a trumpet-voice, a burning brand,
Run the atlas, he’s a natural, he’s alright
A lord of wisdom throned he sat,
swift in anger, quick to laugh;
Imagine now, big gold chains full of rocks
who leaned upon a thorny staff.
He stood on the streets alone
and Fire and Shadow both defied;
Live inside the belly of the rough
Made him an Angel on Angel Dust.