HHWC Semantic Analysis: Cam’ron

by September 30, 2013

The Hip-Hop Word Count from Staple Crops on Vimeo.

My time here at The Frank-Ratche STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University has been productive. Stay tuned for some new releases involving the semantic analysis of rap lyrics.


HHWC Semantic Analysis: Drake

· by September 30, 2013

The Hip-Hop Word Count from Staple Crops on Vimeo.

My time here at The Frank-Ratche STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University has been productive. Stay tuned for some new releases involving the semantic analysis of rap lyrics.


Nasir Jones: One Mic

· by September 9, 2013

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 is being 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). Learn more about the Hip-Hip Word Count.


Interactive Infographic: Champagne Always Stains My Silk

· by April 1, 2013

SimpleViewer Gallery Id 2 has been deleted.

We’ve built a browser based infographic that visualizes all the mentions of Champagne by U.S. rappers from 1980-2010. The infographic has 3 views: Map View, Graph View and Song View. The slider allows users to choose the range of time they want to look at. The graphic is rich with storytelling: on one hand the image of Rappers & Champagne have a legendary place in pop culture. On the other hand when you consider Champagne as an aspirational product, this infographic tells a nuanced story of Rapper’s relationship to The American Dream.
Browse the datavis here


Dialed Up – Bahamadia

· by March 29, 2013

Produced, Written and Recorded on handheld mobile device by Bahamadia.



Wreckin’ Shop Live from Brooklyn: “ALIVE TV”

· by December 11, 2012
YouTube Preview Image

Coke La Rock

· by November 11, 2012
YouTube Preview Image

Call For Assistants

· by October 23, 2012

For more project info see bit.ly/hhwc2012
Up to 10 hours per week commitment.
This is a semester-long position.

Call For Assistants.


Flying Lotus – “Until The Quiet Comes”

· by September 22, 2012

Danny Brown x A$AP Rocky

· by July 11, 2012

This Interview Is Full Of Awesome Quotes.

“I Consider Myself A Famous Rap Singer” -Danny Brown

YouTube Preview Image YouTube Preview Image YouTube Preview Image YouTube Preview Image YouTube Preview Image