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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Hip-Hop Flow Chart Ranks Rappers By the Size of Their Vocabulary

Image via Pop Chart Lab
 
It's impossible to come to a consensus on the best rapper of all-time, but this statistical ranking may sway who you think is on top. Based on a study conducted by Matt Daniels, a data scientist in New York, Pop Chart Lab has created a print that ranks rappers by the size of their vocabulary, called The Hip-Hop Flow Chart.

Daniels' study was conducted by analyzing 100 rappers' first 35,000 lyrics, which averages out to the artists' first three to five albums or EP's. AESOP Rock comes in first by a long haul at 7,392 words, over a thousand words more than in Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Jay Z, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, and Childish Gambino stand in the middle, around the 4,000 mark, while DMX trails with a vocabulary of only 3,214 words.

Adapting the study into a print, Pop Chart Lab employed artists to create colorful caricatures of the featured rappers. The result is the best hip-hop print since the Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names. You can buy The Hip-Hop Flow Chart for $23 here. Check out a few blown-up images below, and peep the entire full-sized chart here.

43 comments:

  1. Fu-schnickens? Why aren't they number one?

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    1. Because Aesop Rock has more unique lyrics than them. Not that hard of a concept to grasp...

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    2. Asap Rocky rap like a 13 years Girl..

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    3. Asap rocky isn't aesop rock lol, but illogic is better than aesop rock by a bit though

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    4. yo listen to"the orphanage freestyle full" on youtube . no way illogic is better than aseop

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    5. Lmao @ the dude who said Aesop Rocky is Aesop Rock. Wrong page jerk, your miniscule rap page can be found in the garbage can sucka!!!

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  2. Dope, it's missing MF Grimm, The Pharcyde, and the rest of Hieroglyphics outside of Del.

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  3. MF DOOM should be at the top of this list, Aesop rock? Ya.......right.

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    1. If you consider absolute gibberish then yah, MF Doom would probably top the chart. As far as Aesop Rock... if you disagree with his ranking then I don't know what to say.

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    2. If immortal technique were on this list, he would beat Aesop on unique words alone. Not to mention he is a far better lyricist/rapper

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    3. ^^^Spoken by someone who clearly doesn't listen to Aesop Rock

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    4. He is on the list. 5,841<7,392. Maybe look a little harder next time. Oh and also, Immortal Technique < Aesop Rock in every way possible.

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    5. Also, MF Doom is als on the list as well, near the middle with 5,204 sooo yeah,... Aesop Rock...

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    6. Lol @ Immortal Technique being better than Aesop.

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    7. umm yes, because he puts out better music. this flow chart won't tell you that

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    8. Immortal Technique speaks on some real intelligent street knowledge. Aesop is never writing better stories, you fucking high out of your mind if you think that. Dmx may be low on this list, but his music is a thousands times more pleasing to the hear, Aesop sounds like a kid who hasn't hit puberty

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    9. Lol@immortal technique. Two words to IT: Iron. Solomon.

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  4. Honestly just proof that using big words does not equate to skill as a rapper. Aesop Rock and Immortal Technique come out on top or near it, yet are the best examples of pretentious backpacker rap that lacks any flow or real quality.

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    1. Pretentious backpack rap that lacks flow or quality? Damn you sound hella salty. Did Indy hip hop touch you in yr no no spot when you were little?

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    2. Flow / skill / Delivery is more important then how many words u can use any day.

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  5. Illogic would top aesop rock in my list

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  6. Biggie? If Pac is on here he should be too

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    1. he's on chart..3970 words

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    2. Pac is at 3970 words, not biggie.

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  7. Eyedea, Grand Puba, and Lord Finesse should be there. But of course they missed the man with the best vocab around, Slim Thug

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    1. She say she want thugga cuz thugga beat it good her man pay the bills but thugga keep it hood...

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  8. I disagree with the charts, it's missing big pun

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  9. Just because they use more words, it does not mean they are a better rapper. You could be the worst rapper in the world and still top this chart if all you did was use different words all the time.

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  10. AKALA - LOWKEY - I bet they would be up there in the top 10 if they were included. -

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  11. anyone here hating on Aesop Rock clearly has never listened to him.

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  12. Impressive I agree with him on Aesop but he's missing Big daddy Kane, Rakim, souls of mischief, pharcyde... Those artists alone had complex lyrical content that definitely would have changed some of his results. What about MADD skillz, lord finesse and big L???? Re-do!!

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  13. Nobody is saying vocabulary = talent. It's just a statistical analysis. Everyone chill out, we can each still like the rappers we like and not fight about it - at least we all agree that rapping is a wicked artform... we have to cop enough hate from the rest of the music scene without warring amongst ourselves! DMX is just as valid an artist as Aesop, same with Eminem, Beasties, De La, Ice Cube, Busta, Wu Tang, and everyone else on the hip hop tip. We are all in this together, no matter how many words we use or what we rap about. FEEL THE LOVE!

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  14. Eyedea would take all them out by a long shot,, even his freestyles were untouchable,, & no Capital STEEZ? or Sadistik?!

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