In honor of my birthday, on Friday May 14th, I will be releasing the first Rap Data Pack. It will include the raw data from Jay-Z’s complete body of work: word count, readability, release dates, Geo Codes, everything! Check here on Friday for the .csv download & Google spreadsheet link.
I’ve been selected to be a resident artist at Eyebeam Atelier. Today I visited my studio & had a walk through of the facilities and what’s on offer. I need to make a daily plan for the next 5 months – maybe even a backcasting exercise for 5 months from now (obv. a strategic planner). This is gonna be good.
A lot is getting accomplished on the Hip-Hop Word Count – an ethnographic database built from 30 years of Hip-Hop content. Most has been on the hush but I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the development in order to get your feedback on my prototyping.
This video is the result of converting rapper geographical data (City/State/County/Country) into their respective geo coordinates and using those as input for Google Earth.
Trying to disprove the hypothesis that living in higher altitudes creates a natural inclination for gangster rap – a joke
Feel free to leave a comment & suggestions.
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.