"Straight Outta Hogwarts": The Birth Of Wizard Rap
The beginning of the end is here, as Rocks Off and approximately 1.21 gazillion fans flock to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 to see the end of the saga. Many things have sprung up in the wake of the awesome cultural phenomenon. Great things like Potter Puppet Pals! Terrible things like erotic fan fiction involving Lance Bass from N*Sync in a threesome with the Weasley Twins.
But the most amazing thing that J. K. Rowling's little book series has created is a whole new genre of music. Wizard Rock is awesome in the fact that it exists at all... we just wish the music wasn't so bloody awful.
Now salvation has come to us from Electric Spoofaloo in the birth of Wizard Rap and their video for "Straight Outta Hogwarts." Rocks Off Electric Spoofaloo's head writer, the adorable, pixie-like Devon Kelly (who portrays "Mr. The Chosen One" in the video) what could have brought about this brave new world of music.
N.W.A.: Wandless and weak.
Rocks Off: Is this just a parody, or have you finally begun the genre of Wizard Rap?
Devon Kelly: Sometimes the greatest art forms happen by accident. I think we're sort of the Post-It of the internet. You know, the Post-It guy originally set out to make a special kind of spray adhesive, but he ended up with a better invention.
We set out to do a parody, but we discovered that wizards actually make really awesome rappers. In our case, the Post-It Guy is Shane Dawson, the mastermind who came up with the idea to do the whole parody in the first place.
RO: How "street" is being a wizard?
DK: It really depends on the street. Everything's relative. I'm sure that compared to, say, The Queen, that the HP peeps are very street. Especially Hermione. Her walk is very purposeful and thug-like. She's always marching everywhere and yelling at people.
RO: Who would win in a fight, the HP crew or N.W.A.?
DK: If there were no weapons allowed and it was just fists, then the HP crew would probably lose to N.W.A. unless Hagrid was allowed to fight. But if they are each allowed a weapon, and N.W.A. has guns and the Wizards With Attitude have wands, then I'd have to put my money on the Wizards.
RO: Granted, the video owes a lot to the film series, but this is also one of the first raps we've seen based on literary characters. What other great characters from literature deserve a rap video?
DK: I really think that Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights has a lot to say about bitches and hos.
I mean, lady problems. He could do a mean rendition of "99 Problems." Jane Eyre also had a pretty rough life, what with being an orphan and then being abused by her aunt, ending up in boarding school.
She definitely has a rap inside of her. I see her as a Nicki Minaj type, maybe she could rewrite "Your Love," and dedicate it to Mr. Rochester. Thanks for the material; I think we have a whole new show for Take180!
Jef With One F is the author of The Bible Spelled Backwards Does Not Change the Fact That You Cannot Kill David Arquette and Other Things I Learned In the Black Math Experiment, available now.
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