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The Largest Vocabulary in Hip-Hop: Who Does It Belong To?

Designer, coder, and data scientist Matt Daniels recently took it upon himself to find out once and for all who had the largest vocabulary in hip-hop. To conduct the experiment, he analyzed the first 35,000 words of an artist’s work which included studio albums, EPs and mixtapes if the artist was short. Using token analysis, he extrapolated which artists used the most unique words with Aesop Rock topping the list with 7,392 unique words while DMX found himself in last place at #85 with 3,214. Interestingly, the data in the study also found that the East Coast was above average in terms of vocabulary as opposed to artists from the South, Midwest and West Coast. Although the viral study has also found its detractors, including ANIMAL who have called into question his data analysis.

Check out the complete findings over at Matt Daniels’ microsite and his other experiments including The Etymology of Shorty.

Date: May 6, 2014  /  Views: 13726  /  Author: Nate Bodansky
Category: Style  /  Tags: Hip hop, Wu-tang clan, Music news, Matt daniels