Hip-Hop Tourette’s is a learned neuropsychiatric disorder with onset in adulthood, characterized by multiple physical and vocal tics. After significant years spent listening to Rap music these tics often times include coprolalia involving rap lyric references in response to conversation and changes in environment. Hip-Hop Tourette’s re-contexualizes New York City with Rap lyrics.
Conflux is the annual New York festival for contemporary psychogeography, the investigation of everyday urban life through emerging artistic, technological and social practice.
Our Proposal The Hip-Hop Word Count: A Searchable Rap Almanac was accepted into the 2011 SXSW PanelPicker! Vote for it multiple times daily until August 27th; so we can present at SXSW. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/hhwcxsxsw
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.
I recently used my morning commute to the studio to write down a list of acronyms found in Rap music. The first 3 people to send a correct list of what the acronyms stand for get a STCR gift in the mail. Shout out to @jeffdtaylor, @Combat_Jack, @meaganshea, @Gudtyme @MattyHo & @minchovega for adding on.
I used a new free and open-source data visualization application called Protovis to make interactive parallel coordinate graphs of the entire catalogs of 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Biggie & Nas through the Hip-Hop Word Count analysis. In honor of his Bornday 50’s is posted here.
I used a new free and open-source data visualization application called Protovis to make interactive parallel coordinate graphs of the entire catalogs of 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Biggie & Nas through the Hip-Hop Word Count analysis. Jay-Z’s is posted here.
Where: Eyebeam Atelier: 540 West 21 Street Between 10th & 11th Avenues
When: Friday June 25th 3PM-6PM & Saturday June 26th 3PM-6PM
The Hip-Hop Word Count (HHWC) is a searchable ethnographic database built from the lyrics of over 40,000 Hip-Hop songs from 1979 to present day. The database is the heart of an online analysis tool that generates textual and quantified reports on searched phrases, syntax, memes and socio-political ideas.
Here is the link to the first Rap Data Pack™ we have released. It includes the raw data from Hov’s complete body of work: word count, readability, release dates, Geo Codes, etc..
•Email me to request edit access to the Google spreadsheet.
•Email me if you want a login for the full data set which includes 3,000+ artists.
•Data Visualization Designers: send links to the beautiful charts you make from this set of data.