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:
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.
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.