Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Canterbury Tales in Rap Form

I posted a link to this on the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page yesterday, but I want to let folks who aren't Facebook users see it too. Canadian artist Baba Brinkman has produced two rap versions of The Canterbury Tales for your listening enjoyment. The Rap Canterbury Tales was his Brinkman's first effort which is broken into 13 tracks. The Canterbury Tales Remixed was Brinkman's second effort broken into 10 tracks. The albums are available on "pay what you want" model. You can also just listen to the tracks online.

Applications for Education
You will want to preview the tracks before you play them in your classroom as some of lyrics would get a PG-13 rating. Aside from that, The Rap Canterbury Tales and The Canterbury Tales Remixed could be useful for helping students get the messages Chaucer was trying to convey.