Start Date: 
6 Oct 2015 - 23 Jan 2016



Ever wonder who the best rapper ever is? Who used the phrase 'On Fleek' first? Who 
rap's favorite basketball player is? Which sneaker is more hip-hop: Adidas or Nike?

The Rap Research Lab is a studio for teens to explore art, data visualization, graphic 
design and the stats behind Beats, Rhymes & Life in a creative environment.

Tuesdays & Thursdays
October 6, 2015 - January 20, 2016
Showcase Event: January 23, 2016
12-Week Program

Eyebeam @ Industry City, Sunset Park
34 35th Street
5th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Subway - D/N/R 36th Street
Bus - B35 bus to 39th Street and 2nd Avenue

Free snacks and MetroCards

Projects: Hip Hop Word Count, Rap Almanac, Rap Research Lab
People: Erica Kermani, Tahir Hemphill, Zephyr Doles
Research: Education, Urban Research
Tags: 3d design, Data Visualization, graphic design, hip hop, hiphop, infographics, Rap


Our Proposal The Hip-Hop Word Count: A Searchable Rap Almanac was accepted into the 2011 SXSW PanelPicker! Vote for it multiple times daily until August 27th; so we can present at SXSW. Here is the link:

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The Hip-Hop Word Count is a searchable ethnographic database built from the lyrics of over 40,000 Hip-Hop songs from 1979 to present day.

The Hip-Hop Word Count describes the technical details of most of your favorite hip-hop songs. This data can then be used to not only figure out interesting stats about the songs themselves, but also describe the culture behind the music.

How can analyzing lyrics teach us about our culture?


Museums are increasingly adopting open data policies, both for easy internal reuse of data sets and as a way of building community engagement online. While the opening up of data is a welcome development, too often key audiences see too little of this information through too small a keyhole. As linked and open data formats and Application Programming Interfaces become more common for cultural repositories, providing a sense of the scope and shape of museum collections is moving from a problem of data access to one of presentation.

This project includes a set of tools for collections dissemination and visualizations appropriate for aggregate museum collection metadata, built with an eye to answering different questions than most museums currently address online.

Project Created: 
March 2010

Piotr Adamczyk has been exploring the possibilities for exchange between practices in the sciences and evaluation techniques from the arts. With a background in Mathematics and Computer Science, Piotr holds graduate degrees in Human Factors and Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Piotr has authored papers and organized workshops for Association for Computing Machinery conferences centered on human-computer interaction, and served as a Program Committee member for ACM Creativity & Cognition in 2007 and 2009. His recent work is focused on the use of open/linked data in cultural heritage institutions. Based in New York City, Piotr currently holds an analyst position with The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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