Stephen Colbert connects hip hop song verses to Tolkien via Gilbert and Sullivan


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/09/13/stephen-colbert-connects-hip-h.html


#2

I smell awesomeness!


#3

Whoa. That’s awesome. I’m kind of a big Tolkien nerd, but I learned some things there.


#4

Two of my favorite songs sang to the tune of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Major-General’s Song:
Randall Munroe’s Every Major’s Terrible: https://xkcd.com/1052/
Yakko’s I am the very model of a Cartoon Individual: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1Zy6UcA8GA&t=7s
Okay, make it three, there’s also Tom Lehrer’s The Elements: https://youtu.be/DYW50F42ss8


#5

That was awesome; brilliant guy.


#6

whoa. even for those of us who love Tolkien, he’s too good for this world.


#7

Wow! What a dork!


#8

“Lehrer” (I typo like a mofo, so please feel free to correct me any time I ef up).

That said, great examples.


#9

Brilliant!


#10

that was positively delightful.


#11

What the hell? He’s singing it in English?


#12

I know! What a poser, right?!?


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Can’t wait for his version of The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.


#15

My mind. It has been blown so hard. Thank you, Stephen. Thank you, Boing Boing.


#16

And also Randy Rainbow’s ‘A Very Stable Genius’:


#17

What is the best source though? Sindarin? Quenya?


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#19

NERD!!!

nerds


#20

More evidence for my theory that modern rap music is, at least partially, derived from Gilbert and Sullivan patter songs.

And, of course, the Dozens.