Hip Hopera

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Listen to Hip-Hopera by Volume 10 on Apple Music. Stream songs including 'A'cappella / Stylesondeck', 'Where's the Sniper?' Originally: music that combines elements of hip-hop and opera. Now chiefly: an album, musical, etc., consisting of a series of hip-hop songs that form a unified narrative. Hip-Hopera Bounty Killer Top Bounty Killer Lyrics Spy Fi Die Worthless Bwoy Killa Is A Killa Cry For Lie For Eagle And The Hawk Request It's A Party Supastarz Tear & Bore Down In The Ghetto. Hip Hopera – The Ultimate List of Rap Concept Albums This is meant to be the ultimate list of Rap Concept Albums ranked from Good to Best. A concept album has its tracks hold a larger purpose or meaning collectively than they do individually.

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A rap opera or hip hopera is a musical work in hip hop style with operatic form. The terms have been used to describe both dramatic works and concept albums, and hip hopera has also been used for works drawing more heavily on contemporary R&B than other hip hop such as rap.

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The word hip hopera is a portmanteau of hip hop and opera. An early use of the phrase was a 1994 album of that name by Volume 10 (although not a concept album). The first dramatic production to use the term was a 2001 telefilm by MTV, titled Carmen: A Hip Hopera.The word received increased use after 2005, in describing R&B singer R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet series.[1][2]


Rap opera, also known as hip-hopera, is a hybrid genre between rap and opera. Opera is a musical genre that began in the late 16th century. Hip hop is a much newer musical genre that became popular during the 1970s.[3] Historically, both rap and opera have been used as a form of expression and storytelling. Now in popular culture, the fusion of the two genres is being used for the same purpose.[4] Historically popular and classic pieces such as Carmen and Romeo and Juliet have been transformed into hip hop pieces.

In popular culture[edit]

The use of hip hopera in popular culture began in 1997 when hip hop group The Fugees and Bounty Killer collaborated on a musical single titled 'Hip-Hopera.'[4] In 2001, the film Carmen: A Hip Hopera, a modern rendition of Georges Bizet's 1875 opera Carmen aired on MTV. The film featured Beyoncé Knowles, as well as other rappers and modern musicians, and was renowned as 'the first hip hop musical.'[4]Rome & Jewel, a 2006 Rennie Harris film is another hip hop rendition of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.[4]

Rap opera is also being used in communities through local organizations such as the Rap Opera Project.[5] Carlos Aguirre, the creator of the Rap Opera Project, teaches rap opera to marginalized and at risk youth in his community. The project's intention is to give voice to individuals who have otherwise felt oppressed. Aguirre, channeling his own personal experience and youth as a minority, is using musical expression as a form of therapy.[5] In the United Kingdom, traditional opera is adopting modern hip hop beats to appeal to the modern youth.[6]The Moon Prince: A Rap Opera, is another community-led rap opera for youth featured in Charlotte and Boston.[7]


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There have been mixed responses to the usage of rap opera. Theater critic Steven Oxman gave his feedback on Carmen: A Hip Hopera, stating 'Carmen is MTV's first 'Hip Hopera', and while that phrase may be way too cute for its own good, this reworking of Bizet's opera into a contemporary, hip-hop musical works quite well, and represents one of the more original recent efforts to create a new form from an old one.'[8]


  • Graffiti Blues (1992) by Ron Mokwena and Misha McK, rap opera staged at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium[9][10]
  • A Prince Among Thieves, 1999 concept album by Prince Paul, telling the story of a young rapper struggling for a break
  • Deltron 3030 (2000), science fiction concept album
  • Polarity (2003) by Norman (Onry Ozzborn and Barfly)
  • A Grand Don't Come for Free (2004) by The Streets: a man's thoughts, adventures, and realizations while looking for £1000 that he lost
  • A Night at the Hip Hopera (2004) by The Kleptones
  • Trapped in the Closet (2005–2012), series of songs and videos by R. Kelly, recounting a string of events following a one-night stand
  • Splendor & Misery (2016) by Clipping, an Afrofuturist hip-hop space opera.[11][12]

See also[edit]


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  1. ^Snorton, C. Riley (2009). 'Trapped in the Epistemological Closet: Black Sexuality and the 'Ghettocentric Imagination''. Souls. 11 (2): 99. doi:10.1080/10999940902910115. ISSN1099-9949.
  2. ^Sumanth Gopinath (19 July 2013). The Ringtone Dialectic: Economy and Cultural Form. MIT Press. pp. 246–. ISBN978-0-262-01915-6.
  3. ^Derrick P. Aldridge; James B. Stewart (Summer 2005). 'Introduction: Hip Hop in History: Past, Present, and Future'. The Journal of African American History. 90 (3): 190–195. doi:10.1086/jaahv90n3p190.
  4. ^ abcdCentury, Douglas (2001-05-06). 'Noticed; Seen the Opera? Experience the Hip-Hop'. The New York Times. ISSN0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  5. ^ ab'The Rap Opera Project Helps Young People Tell Difficult Stories Through a Hybrid Art'. San Francisco Classical Voice. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  6. ^'Hip-hop meets Mozart'. The Independent. 2006-03-14. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  7. ^'The Moon Prince: A Rap Opera'. jamesvesce.com. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  8. ^Oxman, Steven (2001-05-03). 'Carmen: A Hip Hopera'. Variety. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  9. ^Felecia Piggott McMillan (2005). The North Carolina Black Repertory Company: 25 Marvtastic Years. Open Hand Publishing, LLC. p. 76. ISBN978-0-940880-74-0.
  10. ^Heffley, Lynne (November 7, 1992). 'Rap Opera Graffiti Addresses Plight of the Youth'. Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^'Clipping. – Splendor & Misery Album Review'. Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  12. ^'Daveed Diggs Raps a Human/A.I. Love Story in Hugo-Nominated Hip-Hop Space Opera'. Tor. Retrieved 10 December 2017.

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Carmen: A Hip Hopera is a 2001 made-for-TV musical directed by Robert Townsend and produced for MTV. The film features a slew of African-American musicians including Beyoncé Knowles, Mos Def, Rah Digga, Wyclef Jean, Mekhi Phifer, Da Brat, Joy Bryant, Jermaine Dupri and Lil' Bow Wow. Carmen Brown is an actress who causes trouble wherever she goes, getting entangled with Derek Hill, fiance to to Caela. One night, Carmen quarrels with a jealous woman. Derek's superior, Lieutenant Miller, orders him to bring Carmen in. Carmen fails to seduce Hill, but he lets her visit him so she can change clothes. After changing into some lingerie, she wins Hill over. Hill wakes in the morning, with Carmen gone, with Caela and his crooked cop of a superior arresting him. Caela leaves Hill. Carmen writes to Hill, and Hill shares his desire with his cellmates. While Hill is jailed, Carmen meets Blaze. Blaze wants to bring Carmen to LA, but only her friends go. Carmen swears to join them once Hill is free. Sadly, Hill has one year of probation once freed. After getting into an argument with Miller, Hill punches him and flees with Carmen. Now in LA, Carmen and Hill are jobless. Carmen finds her best friends, who are being spoiled by Blaze. The trio have their fortunes read with Carmen's reading 'Ruin,' 'Sorrow' and 'Death.' Deciding that she needs a change, Carmen heads to Blaze's rehearsal and gets to be Blaze's date for his next concert. Elsewhere, Miller hunts for Hill, and Miller's ex-partner gives Hill's address for a large bribe. Simultaneously, Carmen is nearly electrocuted by a radio. Soon after, Carmen leaves Hill, moving into a house with her friends. She rationalizes that she shouldn't throw her life away on him, even though he did for her. Devastated by Carmen, Hill learns from Caela that he's in danger for knowing the truth. Hill seeks out Carmen to win her over again, bringing her with him with Carmen refusing. During this argument, Miller accidentally snipes Carmen twice while aiming for Hill from secret. Held by Hill, Carmen can't speak when asked what was wrong. Hill touches her back, noticing blood on his hand and Carmen dies. Hill lays her body on the floor and confronts Miller, with Miller falling to his death. Carmen's best friends find her body and are both distraught. The story ends with Hill being arrested.