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 Post subject: Rap Genius
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:08 pm 
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Blog home Rap Genius: the website that crunches hip-hop lyricsWant to know if money is more desired than women in hip-hop? Or when 'dawg' got replaced by 'Dogg'? Then this is where to go
A graph on Rap Genius tracking the popularity of the words 'money' and 'bitches' in lyrics. Photograph:
Eventually, it seems, the ultra-nerds invade everything, and the latest sphere of popular culture to fall is hip-hop. It's already creaking under the weight of self-consciously spoddy lyricists and battlers, such as the UK's Marlo, Shuffle-T and Mos Prob, and insanely anal compilers of statistics such as VerseTracker, which reveals that the seven most popular battle rappers in the world all come from the Philippines.

But the best of all these ventures is one that packs a solid maths base. Rap Genius is a kind of rap lyric Wikipedia, but it's in its Rap Stats section where the fun happens. It proffers a hip-hop take on those pop-culture Venn diagramsthat we all love, quantifying the absurd lyrical excesses of rap through the years with numerical line graphs. Thus, we learn that, although "gat" is in stark decline, the more prosaic "gun" has enjoyed a 25-year dominance as the weaponry term of choice.

Elsewhere, we find tha since 1992, the desire to "get money" has become six times more important than the wish to "get bitches", and that mo' money in no way equates with mo' problems, with the former notion actually being 19 times more statistically prevalent than the latter in 2013. Want to know when "dawg" became a preferable term of endearment to "Dogg"? Apparently it was 2002. Perhaps the most poignant graph is the OPP one, which peaks around the time of the Naughty By Nature pop-rap classic and then plunges to practically zero for two decades.

Best of all, you can do your own statistical searches, which are converted into graph form in seconds. This is why we can confirm that "shimmy ya" does indeed hold sway over "shimmy yo" and "shimmy yay". Phew.

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"It felt like a really pointless version of ketamine: no psychedelic effects, no pleasant slide into rubbery nonsense, just a sudden drop off the cliff of wrongness."
"i'm gonna wreck you so bad we're going to have to change church"

 Post subject: Re: Rap Genius
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:29 pm 
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gibbo mate, i kinda skimmed through it and though, ahh bollocks to it..i know true rap genius.. :TopHat1

one of my fave youtube videos...EVER.!!!!!!! :bow-blue: :bow-yellow: :TopHat1   

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