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Redneck Hipsters

Category : Culture Snob, Social Studies · No Comments · by July 25, 2008
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in 2006 I went to Glasslands (a venue for emerging NYC bands in Williamsburg formerly know as Glasshouse) for the Ofays reunion show. While the next band was setting up I walked into the back gallery and on the wall I saw a caricature in blue marker of a Black man with big lips, a bone through his nose, holding a chicken leg with an arrow pointing to the drawing connecting it to the word Nigger. At first I was confused, looking for the ironic artistic statement contained therein. I mean, I was in Williamsburg – ground zero for ironic expression, but then it dawned on me that many of the people in the room were Rednecks, dressed as Hipsters. Needless to say, this instructional video would have been very useful at the time.

Hip NYC is getting a bit too xenophobic lately. Recent transplants should understand where they fit into the rich lineage of vanguard White NYC counterculture – the Beat, Hippie, Punk, Grunge and early (circa 1999) Hipster movements were much more fearless.


Barack Obama – A Serious Energy Policy | Las Vegas, NV | June 24, 2008

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.


John Mc Cain – On Energy Security and Our National Security | Arlington, VA | June 23, 2008

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.