Parallel Coordinates

I used a new free and open-source data visualization application called Protovis to make interactive parallel coordinate graphs of the entire catalogs of 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Biggie & Nas through the Hip-Hop Word Count analysis. Jay-Z’s is posted here.


Two Sides

I will unveil the Hip-Hop Word Count at Eyebeam Open Studios

Where: Eyebeam Atelier: 540 West 21 Street Between 10th & 11th Avenues
When: Friday June 25th 3PM-6PM & Saturday June 26th 3PM-6PM

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.


I’ve decided to release a new Rap Data Pack™ every month until Labor Day. Vote below to let me know who you would like to see next.

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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

Google Spreadsheet Chat


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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