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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Moby Dick and Intertextuality

Though I liked the song better before seeing the cheesy music video, "Ahab" by MC Lars is a great example of how this initially daunting text is still interesting enough to write a silly song about. Nerdcore rap, no less.

Look for his references to hubris, Oedipus, and the importance of Ahab's scar. Anyone else find interesting pop-culture references to Moby Dick? Link to them in your comments!






18 comments:

  1. There was a reference to Oedipus at 1:09, and there was a reference to hubris at 2:15, and finally at the very beginning at 0:17 there was an explanation about Ahab's scar "scarring his body".

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  2. HAHAHA wow this is so stupid, but so funny. I like Queequeg in the video heh. I actually really like MC Lars' music. He's from the Bay Area and hes worked with a ton of my favorite bands and rappers. MC for the ages. Its so cool how he would make a song about Moby Dick!

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  3. HAHAHA wow so stupid, but so funny. I really liked Queequeg in the video. I actually really like MC Lars' music. He's from the Bay Area and he's worked with a ton of my favorite bands and rappers. MC for the ages. Its pretty cool how he would make a song about Moby Dick. Nerdcore rap for the win!

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  4. Hi, this is Frances. I watched the video. The rhyme and the rapping were great! I also think it's funny that Moby Dick's tail is so small compared to the rest of his body.

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  5. LOL! This video's so funny! Probably because it just seems like such a random topic to rap about..
    I like how his crew are all kids. Also, I liked the part where the kids (dressed up as fish) start dancing inside Moby's tummy. HAHA!
    My favorite two lines in the song were: "Hey, Ishmael, can I call you annoyging?" and "How about that, hubris really stinks"
    The song's actually kind of catchy...=)

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  6. HAHA! I thought it was really interesting how someone would be able to rap about Moby Dick.

    I liked the reference to Oedipus, because it really forms the "hubris" link between Ahab and Oedipus:
    "Call it idiot pride, or call me Oedipus
    My main tragic flaw, 'But what about us?'"

    Also, when I saw the gold doubloon, I thought it was really funny how it was so small. I was actually expecting something large and gold.

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  7. Wow, I think this is the cutest ever! Like Nancy said, I love how Ahab's crew is composed of kids and how they dance inside the stomach. The references to Oedipus and hubris are good, and I like how MC Lars managed to make Moby Dick appealing.
    The rhyming is really clever. My favorite lines are "Now excuse me while I go be melancholy in my room" and "Pride met fate, this captain got dissed!"

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  8. Haha, I am loving this song. "Ishmael, can I call you annoying?" LMFAO. I actually downloaded some of MC Lars other songs. He has a lot of songs that are about great literature, such as "Rapbeth (Foul is Fair)" is about Macbeth, haha. This guy is dope.

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  9. HAHA, that video was so cool. I can't believe MC Lars actually rapped about Moby Dick and had all those intellectual references to Oedipus and hubris. The little kids were so cute in their costumes.

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  10. Weird stuff, yet interesting in its own way I guess...covers pretty much all of the important happenings in the book. Heard some non book references, some random like Steve Wozniak. Caught hubris, but not Oedipus. Props are a bit freaky...

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  11. Aww, this was all kinds of adorable. I didn't realize people actually wrote songs based on books like Moby Dick. This is really catchy. I loved the "hubris really stinks" line, and the size of the doubloon cracked me up. The let's-all-dance-in-Moby-Dick's-stummy was kind of random, but cute & funny. :)

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  12. Zomg, "Ahab" is now on my list of recent favorites xD. It's fascinating how his lyrics actually make so much sense! I loved his lyrics, especially, "Call it idiot pride, or call me Oedipus/My main tragic flaw: 'But what about us?'" Honestly, I think this is really educational...kids could rap it and understand the whole story. xD

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  13. HAHAHAHA!! That was a really cute video! I liked how Ahab's crew consisted of kids.

    This rap is catchy, educational, and entertaining! I loved the lyrics, especially: "Call it idot pride, or call me Oedipus My main tragic flaw:'But what about us?'" and "How about that? Hubris really stinks!" Those lyrics make a lot of sense in reference to the text!

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  14. WOW. MC Lars really does portray Ahab well, in a crazy/insane sort of way. This rap is indeed very catchy and entertaining, and a very good way to make people want (those who have never heard or read Moby Dick before) to read the novel.
    Oh, and I really love how this clip ends, with all the crew members, Ahab, and Queeqeg taking a bow! :)

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  15. ll I can really say is WOW. It's kind of inspiring that someone can write about Moby Dick. Write a *rap song* about Moby Dick. The tune's catchy and the song's really quite cute.

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  16. I really liked the the music video, at first i thought it was kinda corny, but then as i listened to the lyrics, i was quite surprised about how accurate and catchy it was. My favorite part was when he refers to Oedipus!! Very very awesome

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  17. hahhhaha! i couldn't believe my eyes when i saw MC Lars rapping about Moby Dick with a bunch of other kids. i saw one of the comments that the video actually made the person want to read the book. XD

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  18. Theresa! That was what I was going to say! That is definetely the best part! And Queequeg is awesome!

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