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Og bøj alle mystiske sætningstræer

Der er mange, der rimer, i de digte, de sender til Hvedekorn, men de fleste rimer frygtelig kedeligt eller bare klodset – hvis der skal rimes i dag, skal der rimes skævt og/eller sært og/eller virtuost, lige som de bedste af rapperne gør, og den måske allerbedste rapper i verden er den store, amerikanske digter Eminem, der i et interview i det seneste nummer af Rolling Stone demonstrerer sine rige og frygtindgydende evner som manisk, ustoppelig rimer:

How do you go about putting together a verse?

Even as a kid, I always wanted the most words to rhyme. Say I saw a word like “transcendalistic tendencies”. I would write it out on a piece of paper – trans-cend-a-lis-tic ten-den-cies -and underneath, I’d line a word up with each syllable: and bend all mystic sentence trees. Even if it didn’t make sense, that’s the kind of drill I would do to practice. To this day I still want as many words as possible in a sentence to rhyme.

Can you give another example? Maybe write a few bars about this interview?

About this interview? How much money you got? [Laughs] I can spit a hot 16 real quick!

In don’t think I can afford you.

Yeah, probably not [laughs] Let me think about it.

[At our meeting the next day, Eminem flips open his notebook ta page near the back. "I wrote it right after you left," he says. "Just some dumb shit." I ask to read it, and he says he'd rather rap it. I goes like this:

This dude doin' this interview wants me to spin a few
Lyrics while I tie my fuckin' tennis shoes in the nude
A romantic interlude in a livin'room
In an innter tube with a dude with a bit of lube
Fuck that, I'm sniffin' glue, sippin' gin and juice
And a little bit of pain thinner with my dinner too
You better pay me for my bars like your rent is due
Now hurry up and finish, dude, before I finish you

Every line rhymes with the word "interview" - some twice, and one even three times. I ask him how long it took to write. About two minutes," he says.]

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Forside og billedkunst i Hvedekorn 1 2017: Johanne Østervang. Hvedekorn er støttet af Statens Kunstfond hvedekorn.dk af One Million Monkeys