by August 11, 2014

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This Friday 3-5pm. The Rap Research Lab’s Student Research Project Presentations. South Bronx, NY. Come Through. #WuTangIsForTheChildren


2Pac: Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement.

· by May 11, 2014

Mother’s Day Edition.

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.


Nas: Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement.

· by April 18, 2014

Nas Illmatic XX

Nas is commonly characterized as the consummate storyteller. In order to tell a story you need a location. Which would explain why Nas has some of the most geo-location points contained in the raps of the 12 artists analyzed.

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.


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.


Video Music Box Shout-Outs Printmaking Series

· by December 30, 2013

My South Bronx residency has started nicely with a new printmaking series of Video Music Box shout-outs. The first group are transcribed from the holiday shout outs in this unearthed director’s cut below. Happy Holidays.

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Pete Rock Detail

Video Music Box Shout Outs Pete Rock

Zev Love X Detail

Video Music Box Shout Outs  Zev Love X

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Shoutout List


Hip-Hop Word Count Intro Video

· by May 28, 2011

Notorious B.I.G.: Warning

· by March 9, 2011

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.


Vic’t Soundtrack

· by December 23, 2009

Vic't

Vic’t is the diminutive of a colloquial term describing the state of a person victimized by theft. Using the politics of subversive quotation the work contained in Vic’t uses aesthetic artifacts stolen from commercial billboards. These ads are re-worked and re-purposed to serve as practical training exercises to strengthen one’s critical gaze. Once prepared the viewer can be more vigilant when interacting with advertisements in their natural environment.

(Art speak done)

In keeping with the exhibition theme, the music program includes selections from appropriated sources: covers, samples, unofficial remixes & mash ups. Produced by Tahir Hemphill. Mixed by DJ Blessed Productive.

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Shepard Fairey, Illustrator with Presidential Status

· by January 22, 2009

Visual Alchemy

I dug this audio interview from my media archive (a shoebox of cassette tapes). It features a very candid interview I did with Shep in 1999 for my Masters Thesis. The Thesis focused on designers that use traditional advertising techniques to push social, subversive and/or anti-consumerist messages. This interview features an earnest sounding, pre-talking point Shep, before he went superdupernova. Here’s a segment, the full transcribed interview can be found in the Thesis pdf here.


Da Brat: Funkdafied

· by September 22, 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.