Hip-Hop Word Count

I uploaded the Rap Data Pack™ Jay-Z to Many Eyes. Click the *View Data* link below and make your own visualizations.


There are currently 724+ Anonymous users looking at the Jay-Z Rap Data Pack™ in Google Docs. They’re giving me feedback through the built in chat function. Nice! bit.ly/a5zjbp

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Rap Data Packs
Here is the link to the first Rap Data Pack™ we have released. It includes the raw data from Hov’s complete body of work: word count, readability, release dates, Geo Codes, etc..

⇒ Email me to request edit access to the Google spreadsheet.
⇒ Email me if you want a login for the full data set which includes 3,000+ artists.
⇒ Data Visualization Designers: send links to the beautiful charts you make from this set of data.


In honor of my birthday, on Friday May 14th, I will be releasing the first Rap Data Pack. It will include the raw data from Jay-Z’s complete body of work: word count, readability, release dates, Geo Codes, everything! Check here on Friday for the .csv download & Google spreadsheet link.

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The Hip-Hop Word Count (HHWC) is a searchable ethnographic database built from the lyrics of over 40,000 Hip-Hop songs from 1979 to present day. The database is the heart of an online analysis tool that generates textual and quantified reports on searched phrases, syntax, memes and socio-political ideas.

Project Created: 
March 2010

Yesterday rapper Pharoahe Monch posted this question on twitter. I quickly did a keyword search in The Hip-Hop Word Count for song mentions between 1979 and 2010 and came back with these results: Adidas - 179, Nike - 390.

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