(AllHipHop News) At one point it was not uncommon to hear the words "best rapper alive" attached to Lil Wayne. The New Orleans bred performer fully embraced the tag and his legions of fans happily reinforced the idea. There is now one author who is attempting to give even higher praise to Wayne.
University of Virginia professor Kreston Kent has penned the book The Literary Genius Of Lil Wayne. Kent uses literary analysis of Wayne's work from 2007 to argue that the Young Money boss should be celebrated as a brilliant artist on the level of other geniuses like playwright William Shakespeare and legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. He also compares Wayne's lyrics to highly regarded emcees such as Nas and Eminem.
Kent's decision to champion the "Lollipop" rapper's lyrical gifts appears to have been born from both academic curiosity and a personal connection. According to the "About The Author" section of The Literary Genius Of Lil Wayne, Kent studied political science with Weezy at the University of Houston.
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