Steve Bannon, before becoming a controversial figure in the political world, wrote a rap musical—yes, a rap musical—called The Thing I Am, based on William Shakespeare’s Roman tragedy Coriolanus.
The screenplay was co-written by Julia Jones and used the 1992 Los Angeles riots as the backdrop—an interesting choice for someone who’s widely associated with white supremacy.
Bannon had come up with the plot that imagined the Romans and Volscians as Bloods and Crips, “feuding on the South Central streets in the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict.”
Check out a reading of the musical below.
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