the hip-hop word count: a searchable rap almanac

I’ve been really interested in this project since I first heard about it via twitter–more specifically through the project’s mastermind, @tahero.

From the Staplecrops site:

“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.”

SXSW has accepted the Hip-Hop Word Count proposal, but is among more than 2,000 other proposals for Interactive Panels. Voting accounts for 30% of the decision making process, so if you think this is as cool as I do, vote here.

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One comment

  1. Ja Alah-Ai · August 19, 2010

    This Hip Hop Word count idea is quite Brilliant!!
    I can see the benefits being far-reaching, years down the road. Great for Research, Documentation, and overall Enlightenment on the culture. Love it Love it Love it. I just casted my vote.

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