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The self deprecating rapper ‘Wretch 32’ has claimed that he and his rapping compadres are modern equivalents of Shakespeare. Whoever said rappers weren’t humble?

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Wretch 32 stated that he and his contemporaries were the modern day equivalents of arguably the world’s greatest ever wordsmith. To add insult to injury, he also suggested that Jay-Z was on a level with the Bard in terms of lyrical skill.

Though I do enjoy rap and hip hop music, it’s a bit of a jump to compare Wretch32 to the artistic genius that was Mr William Shakespeare.

Let’s just take a quick look at some of Wretch 32’s insightful lyrics:

My lifestyles terribly wild
But you’ll never catch me on the Jeremy Kyle show
Explosive, terrible style
Don’t think imma blow and get therapy now

Let’s compare this to a short extract from Hamlet in which Shakespeare appears to be making a similar point:

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how
infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and
admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like
a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet,
to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me—
nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.

Actually, maybe Wretch 32 has a point...

One of the more enlightening and succinct points made by the rapper was thus: “Shakespeare was an expert at storytelling, coming up with similes and metaphors; he had the ability to be speaking about one thing, while actually referring to something else!

The English rapper and former Grime MC from Tottenham, London, first rose to fame in 2011 after releasing his debut single "Traktor" from the “black and White” album.

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