Rap Genius Breaks Down The Words in Rap Lyrics Over Time

10.07.13 5 years ago 5 Comments

Rap’s history has been traced many ways — through books, documentaries, official compilations, DJ mixes, university archives, even parties. But until now you haven’t been able to look at the development of the genre through its building blocks: the actual words used by emcees.

We introduce Rap Stats, a tool to plot the frequency of words appearing in rap songs from 1988 through the present day. You can use Rap Stats to perform your own searches at http://rapgenius.com/rapstats

No idea how accurate these charts are but check the slideshow for a few words that I looked up. Comment on interesting charts you have created.

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