Chris Willman
June 29, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

MTV's Hip Hopera: Carmen

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Da Brat, Destiny's Child, Mos Def, Various Artists
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap, Soundtracks

We gave it a B+

While Moulin Rouge was ”reinventing” the musical, MTV modestly premiered the far superior Carmen, honestly bringing the genre into the ’00s. Sekani Williams and Kip Collins’ clever rap lyrics brim with simile-laden hip-hop wit while never avoiding the operatic tragedy’s overall gravitas. For levity and value, the score is bookended by two bonus Destiny’s Child remixes; it’s incongruous hearing ”Bootylicious” right after Carmen croaks, but maybe Bizet’s babe did die because they weren’t ready for that jelly.

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