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Roger Reeves on Lil Wayne, Shakespeare

January 30, 2013|By Erin Vogel @eringejuice | For RedEye

Shakespeare: For me, Shakespeare brings to me a sense of the sonnet and innovation in the sonnet--and that's what John Berryman also brings to me.

Lil Wayne: I listen to Lil Wayne and try to learn from him to see what he's doing in terms of rhymes and rhyme structure. Lil Wayne is very post-modern--that's why I also love Wu-Tang Clan. Wu-Tang moves associatively through their songs in a very post-modern way. Their language play is some of the best you'll see. Lil Wayne brings to me a sense of rhyme structure, metaphor-making and fresh metaphors that I think, ultimately, produce reactions in people. [His rhymes] are super visceral.

"To me, What Lil Wayne is trying to do and what Shakespeare was trying to do are the same thing--they're trying to move people--trying to move people out the seats, trying to get people to wave their hands, trying to get people to buy their books, trying to get people to listen to their songs--same thing. They're involved in the same poetic endeavor."

Erin Vogel is a RedEye special contributor.

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