Hip-Hop Word Count

X-Lab

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:

 


View Hip-Hop Tourette’s in a larger map

Hip-Hop Tourette’s is a learned neuropsychiatric disorder with onset in adulthood, characterized by multiple physical and vocal tics. After significant years spent listening to Rap music these tics often times include coprolalia involving rap lyric references in response to conversation and changes in environment. Hip-Hop Tourette’s re-contexualizes New York City with Rap lyrics.

 

SXSW

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: http://bit.ly/hhwcxsxsw

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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?

 

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. In honor of his Bornday 50’s is posted here.

 

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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