Pinch me, my music geeker self is swooning with data set magic. The Hip-Hop Word Count: Searchable Rap Almanac is one of the greatest ideas I’ve seen in ages.
A database housing over 40,000 hip hop songs recorded since 1979, what delicious cultural memes and shifts there are to be found in those lyrical battles and poems.
Geographic correlations, favorite brands of expensively priced alcohol trends, economic periods and the variances of tones in discussing women, flow of slang, music styles and fashion throughout the US. I. Am. Geeking. Out.
Check out this ‘text correlation visualization’ demo walking us through the oral of the infamous battle between Nas and Jay-Z.