Hip Hop vocabulary

This creative interactive infographic exploring hip hop vocabulary is jam packed with data and research by Matt Daniels:

Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever.

I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.

So the moral of the story is, we can’t judge vocabulary size without backing it up with the numbers.

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Hip hop vocabulary infographic

The Largest Vocabulary in Hip hop
Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28829 words, suggesting he knew over 100000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever (average people have a vocab of 5000 words). I decided to compare this data point against the most famous …

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