Posts tagged HIP HOP
It’s not every day our minds get blown by an original concept. In this case, the social experiment is entitled The Hip-Hop Word Count (HHWC). It is a searchable ethnographic database built from the lyrics of over 40,000 Hip-Hop songs from 1979 to present day.
"The idea to build the Hip-Hop Word Count came out of having hundreds of heated and passionate discussions about Rap music", writes creator Tahir Hemphill on his Kickstarter page. Then he poses a few of those sample questions: "Which rapper had the smartest songs? Which was the most popular champagne in Hip-Hop during 1999-2003? Which city’s rap songs use the most monosyllabic words? Does living in higher altitudes create a natural proclivity for Gangster Rap?". The HHWC then turns all this mined data into visuals, charts, and images to create a new "geography of language", perhaps to put a mirror up to ourselves and teach us something about the climate of our own words.
Yesterday, I received the most precious little package I ever did see. A small box, like a Christmas gift, on my personal desk chez moi. When I opened it, I found the above note from Diddy, Puff Daddy, Dirty Money or whatever he wants to be called now and an advance copy of Last Train to Paris which comes out next week. I took a listen, and it’s actually quite amazing. Thank you and congrats, Diddy!