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All Out Show Followup

I want to thank the callers to the All Out Show and Jude himself last night for bringing up Kool G Rap and Black Thought as examples of rappers who might rival Lil Wayne's use of literary devices. I've spent the last 24 hours looking into the most lauded tracks of each, and the ones that are particularly noted for multi/poly-syllabic rhymes.

The results:

I have not found a single example from either Kool G Rap or Black Thought of a pair of lines where more than 4 syllables rhyme at the end of a line. If any of you out there find any, please post. The only lines I found that had 5 syllables rhyming were broken with a 1-2 syllables early in the line and 4-3 at the end, but never 5 syllables consecutively.

As I've written in the book, Lil Wayne routinely rhymes 4 or 5, sometimes 8, up to 15 consecutive syllables line-to-line. So, let's up the ante and ask for lines from other rappers that match/rhyme 8+ syllables line-to-line.

Furthermore, I haven't seen the attention to form and structure in their verses that you find in Wayne with respect to overall rhyme scheme of a song, thematic patterns across verses, syllable counts line-to-line, etc. For details on that, check out the book's analysis of "Krazy" off Tha Carter V or even this blog post about "Dough Is What I Got" from Da Drought 3.

It was a great discussion on the All Out Show that challenged me to take another look at some classic figures in rap; however, their work does not challenge Wayne's specifically with respect literary device usage.

Also, the book does contain side-by-side comparisons with Nas, Eminem, Drake, and Rick Ross as well as Dylan and Shakespeare.

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