Trina: Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement.

by March 14, 2014


Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s light pen drawings Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement. uses abstracted semantic rap data to create sculptural forms with light. The forms represent the distance travelled by the lyrics in each song.

(Brief) Methodology: I used the Hip Hop Word Count’s new semantic analysis results to extract all geographic mentions from the complete bodies of work of 12 rappers. These locations were translated into geo coordinates which were then made into points that plotted the robot arm’s movements. The robot arm drew each path while holding a light pen.


Jean-Michel Basquiat Auction at Christie’s

· by March 5, 2014

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Works from the Collection of Alexis Adler

Many never before seen (& contested) art from JMB.

I’m especially drawn to the music notation, notes and journaling contained in the Mead Notebook.

“I was broke. I had breakfast and a few phonecalls in my pocket. I had some kind of cold & my mouth looked like it. I wondered if it smelled like it.”

Download the catalog here.

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Cam’ron: Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement.

· by February 28, 2014


Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s light pen drawings Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement. uses abstracted semantic rap data to create sculptural forms with light. The forms represent the distance travelled by the lyrics in each song.

(Brief) Methodology: I used the Hip Hop Word Count’s new semantic analysis results to extract all geographic mentions from the complete bodies of work of 12 rappers. These locations were translated into geo coordinates which were then made into points that plotted the robot arm’s movements. The robot arm drew each path while holding a light pen.


Biggie: Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement.

· by February 28, 2014

Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s light pen drawings Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement. uses abstracted semantic rap data to create sculptural forms with light. The forms represent the distance travelled by the lyrics in each song.

(Brief) Methodology: I used the Hip Hop Word Count’s new semantic analysis results to extract all geographic mentions from the complete bodies of work of 12 rappers. These locations were translated into geo coordinates which were then made into points that plotted the robot arm’s movements. The robot arm drew each path while holding a light pen.


Jay-Z: Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement.

· by February 27, 2014


Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s light pen drawings Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement. uses abstracted semantic rap data to create sculptural forms with light. The forms represent the distance travelled by the lyrics in each song.

(Brief) Methodology: I used the Hip Hop Word Count’s new semantic analysis results to extract all geographic mentions from the complete bodies of work of 12 rappers. These locations were translated into geo coordinates which were then made into points that plotted the robot arm’s movements. The robot arm drew each path while holding a light pen.


Jay-Z: Two 22’s

· by December 4, 2013

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Out of the rappers analyzed and with mentions of: Bali, Brooklyn, Cali, Capri, Chi-Town, Detroit, England, France, Hollywood, Japan, London, St. Bart, Switzerland & Tokyo – Jay-Z’s “Around The World” was the song with the most geo-locations.

That long arc on the left is made from the drama of moving along 3 distant paths: “40/40’s out in Tokyo” from the song Do U Wanna Ride, “Don’t cry for me Argentina” from the song American Gangster and “Schooled me with hard knocks, better than Berkeley” from the song Hello Brooklyn 2.0.

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Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s light pen drawings Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement. uses abstracted semantic rap data to create sculptural forms with light. The forms represent the distance travelled by the lyrics in each song.

(Brief) Methodology: I used the Hip Hop Word Count’s new semantic analysis results to extract all geographic mentions from the complete bodies of work of 12 rappers. These locations were translated into geo coordinates which were then made into points that plotted the robot arm’s movements. The robot arm drew each path while holding a light pen.


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.


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
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