Music Theory


As part of X-Lab, Eyebeam Resident Tahir Hemphill has organized a Rap Research Group. The group - made up of enthusiasts, historians, creative technologists, cultural critics, linguists, teachers, MC’s and academics - will meet to discuss.

The Research Group will meet every other Wednesday at 7PM beginning December 1. The schedule is as follows:


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.

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