Kanye: Big Brother

The Hip-Hop Word Count is a searchable ethnographic database built from the lyrics of over 40,000 Hip-Hop songs from 1979 to present day.

The Hip-Hop Word Count describes the technical details of most of your favorite hip-hop songs. This data can then be used to not only figure out interesting stats about the songs themselves, but also describe the culture behind the music.

How can analyzing lyrics teach us about our culture?

The Hip-Hop Word Count locks in a time and geographic location for every metaphor, simile, cultural reference, phrase, rhyme style, meme and socio-political idea used in the corpus of Hip-Hop.

The Hip-Hop Word Count then converts this data into explorable visualisations which help us to comprehend this vast set of cultural data.

This data can be used to chart the migration of ideas and builds a geography of language.

The readability scores are on a scale from 0 (illiterate) to 20 (post-graduate degree). Visit the Hip-Hip Word Count.


Today’s Walk: Manhattan

Category : Photography, Social Studies · No Comments · by April 21, 2008

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Lupe Fiasco: Superstar

We have developed a rubric that estimates the education level needed to understand each rhyme as well as, rates the artistic sophistication employed through the metaphors, similes, cultural references, consonantal/vocalic alliteration and overall pattern of each rhyme. We calculate the final score by averaging the syntactic (readability measures) and semantic (artistic sophistication) scores of each rhyme. On a scale from 0 (illiterate) to 20 (post-graduate degree). Visit the Hip-Hip Word Count.


Today’s Walk: Brooklyn

Category : Photography, Projects · (2) Comments · by April 16, 2008

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I Went To Church Last Sunday

Category : Photography, Social Studies · (1) Comment · by April 14, 2008

Precession
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Ascension
Ascension


Bring Back the Arsenio Hall Show

Category : Culture Snob, Daily Feed, Music Theory, Social Studies · (6) Comments · by April 11, 2008

What happened to the time when artists spoke out political? When they used network media as a platform to express their views? When media outlets weren’t owned by one of 3 holding companies that sterilized on air performances making sure there weren’t any conflicts of interest with the sponsoring commercial breaks? Arsenio talked to the artists long enough for their intelligence to show, with a soft spot for Hip Hop artists. Check Arsenio’s YouTube resume

“Quit faking. Take the medallions off if you don’t know what they mean.” – MC Ren
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Arsenio’s Hip Hop Farewell Tribute:
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Deitch’s Wanderlust

Category : Culture Snob, NYC Events, Social Studies · (2) Comments · by April 9, 2008

Jeffrey Deitch Texting A Buffalo
Jeffrey Deitch Texting Björk’s Buffalo

I went to the world premiere of Björk’s new 3D video, “Wanderlust” at Deitch Queens. Directed by the two guy team of Encyclopedia Pictura, who as part of their process, took shrooms and ran out into nature for inspiration (props if they were nekid). The experience of trekking to see a Björk video, at an art gallery, in a part of Queens that during my childhood housed the Flea Market where I shopped for brass name belts, Nikes and BVD’s sparked a few thoughts but I’ll keep it to just this one: 1. The stressed state the art world must be under to be influenced by consumer culture. As seen in Deitch’s trend to have exhibitions as showcases of movie ephemera: Michel Gondry’s The Science Of Sleep and Be Kind Rewind and now Björk’s Wanderlust along with Deitch’s Art Star reality TV show (of which I was a finalist). Prior to Deitch no self respecting Art Dealer would be so “pedestrian”. But these are times where change is certain, growth is not. Deitch is making sure he grows.

Art dealer Larry Salander’s words:

“Our society now values a Warhol for three times as much money as a great Rembrandt,” he thunders, referring to the latest auction reports. “That tells me that we’re fucked. It’s as if people would rather fuck than make love…Being with Rembrandt is like making love. And being with Warhol is like fucking.”


The Apple iPhone: Successes and Challenges for the Mobile Industry Report

Category : Advertising Critique, Daily Feed, Social Studies · (4) Comments · by April 8, 2008

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I am both an Apple fanatic and a creative strategist in the advertising industry, but I still reserve the right to choose when I follow a brand blindly.

“A third of iPhone users carry a second phone. There have been anecdotal reports of iPhone users carrying a second mobile phone, either for basic voice calling, or for other functions like composing e-mail. The survey confirmed those reports. (Page 20.)”

That’s because there are no buttons on the damn thing! Humans are still tactile creatures no matter how futuristic we strive to be. The multitouch keyboard is a glimpse of the future but it should be an extra feature on the iPhone until we are able to think our email responses directly into our phones (btw cats at TI & MIT have a prototype device for that).

Microsoft is helping connect iPhone users to MS Exchange Server so Apple can get some of that corporate business, but you can’t possibly write long documents or detailed emails with that touchpad – this is why people are keeping their other phones.


Justin Timberlake is for the Children.

JT Kid's Choice Awards

Are Tweens still what’s hot in youth marketing? It’s difficult to keep up:

“One problem about a consultant-dominated field is that consultants build fame by coining and popularizing new concepts. Just at the point that a few customers might be starting to grasp the fact that they need more than pretty colours and flashy widgets to help their customers, the consultants realize that their pitch is no longer differentiated. So they need to invent a new term.” -Adina Levin