Donald Trump's campaign boss once dreamed of making a Hamilton-like rap musical about the L.A. riots

A scene from the 1992 L.A. riots
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Donald Trump's new campaign CEO and Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon once aspired to take Shakespeare's Coriolanus and "make a rap film out of it set in South Central during the [1992] L.A. riots," Julia Jones, Bannon's writing partner of 18 years, told The Daily Beast.

Rap musicals have recently risen to mainstream popularity, most notably with the Broadway hit Hamilton, although Spike Lee used Aristophanes' Lysistrata as the basis of the satirical 2015 musical Chi-Raq about gang violence in Chicago. Bannon, though, was perhaps ahead of his time with the never-produced 2006 script for The Thing I Am; Jones and the son of Bannon's assistant wrote most of the lyrics before "Steve [then] added stuff — all the 'dudes' are him," Jones explained.

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