Hip-Hop Word Count™
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). The following songs are featured:
Rakim: Microphone Fiend
50 Cent: I Get Money
Lupe Fiasco: Superstar
Kanye West: Big Brother
Lil Wayne: I’m Me
Pharrell: Everybody Nose
Jay-Z: Dead Presidents 2
Tupac Shakur: Trapped
Barack Obama: A Serious Energy Policy
John Mc Cain: On Energy Security
Notorious B.I.G.: Warning
Da Brat: Funkdafied
Next up: Da Brat. See the Hip-Hip Word Count Archive here.