Had he been born two-hunnid-and-somethin'-somethin' years later, Ebenezer Elliott would probably have been a rapper (with a government name like that one can easily imagine him collaborating with MC Paul Barman on some nerdcore ish). As it were, the English poet, who was born in 1781, was destined to write rhymes but never spit them. But the hip-hop spirit was strong with this one, and apparently critics of the time must have sensed something, giving him more aliases than a core Wu-Tanger, christening him the Bard of Freetrade, aka the Yorkshire Burns, aka Olde English 1800 (OK, we made that one up), aka The Corn Law Rhymer , his most rap-sounding title of the bunch. C.L. Rhymefest, we salute ye.
(Props to @tomjnewell for the suggestion. Thank you.)