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Empty Sandwich
Apr 22, 2008

goatse mugs

meta.genius.com posted:

We introduce Rap Stats, a tool to plot the frequency of words appearing in rap songs from 1988 through the present day. You can use Rap Stats to perform your own searches at http://rapgenius.com/rapstats

Rap Stats is a tool that searches the Rap Genius lyrics for occurrences of a word (or words) and graphs the frequency of its (or their) appearance:



You can chart dynasties:



Or wonder what the gently caress:



An explanation of the search tool: http://meta.genius.com/Sameoldshawn-rap-stats-breaking-down-the-words-in-rap-lyrics-over-time-annotated

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the culminator
Oct 29, 2012
http://genius.com/rapstats?q=lemonade

lemonade was a popular drink and it still is

Empty Sandwich
Apr 22, 2008

goatse mugs

the culminator posted:

http://genius.com/rapstats?q=lemonade

lemonade was a popular drink and it still is

It is a very refreshing beverage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAVeK0hl4Ag&t=0m22s

Jeza
Feb 13, 2011

The cries of the dead are terrible indeed; you should try not to hear them.
http://genius.com/rapstats?q=friend of the family

fascinating

e: im noticing a marked decline in punk rear end

ded
Oct 27, 2005

Kooler than Jesus
more like crap stats

Yaldabaoth
Oct 9, 2012

by Azathoth
Voted 1, was expecting a site that kept track of the amount of times specific legal offenses were committed by rappers

Xaris
Jul 25, 2006

Neigh
can't spell CRAP without RAP

Chumbawumba4ever97
Dec 31, 2000

by Fluffdaddy

Chumbawumba4ever97
Dec 31, 2000

by Fluffdaddy

the culminator posted:

http://genius.com/rapstats?q=lemonade

lemonade was a popular drink and it still is

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDH8ukvNWQE

Smash it Smash hit
Dec 30, 2009

prettay, prettay
the word aliens has really taken an upswing since around 2007 :tinfoil:

LifeSizePotato
Mar 3, 2005

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6Q4s_ZdvAQ

a creepy colon
Oct 28, 2004

by Jeffrey of YOSPOS
This is loving awesome OP

a creepy colon
Oct 28, 2004

by Jeffrey of YOSPOS




Interesting

a creepy colon
Oct 28, 2004

by Jeffrey of YOSPOS
Here is a good one, "homo" has been on decline, which makes sense and probably peaked with 'no homo' but check out "fag" its actually increasing pretty dramatically.



the culminator
Oct 29, 2012
http://genius.com/rapstats?q=I%27m%2Bgay


interesting

i must compose
Jul 4, 2010

Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.


actionjackson
Jan 12, 2003

welcome 2 Clown Town
Aug 1, 2006



risen from the garbage. the scum of the hive cluster - alive. i am it. i have ascended.
i am scrunt

attributed to scrunt but not actually possible as scrunts not capable of self awareness or rational thought

Rapman the Cook
Aug 24, 2013

by Ralp

Rapman the Cook fucked around with this message at 17:54 on Oct 3, 2014

TheTremendous
Jan 4, 2013

keykey
Mar 28, 2003

     
This is opposite day.

Only registered members can see post attachments!

big duck equals goose
Nov 7, 2006

by XyloJW

a creepy colon
Oct 28, 2004

by Jeffrey of YOSPOS
thats accurate, in the early ninties it was not cool to say penis, i remember

big duck equals goose
Nov 7, 2006

by XyloJW
Thank god for 2010, those were the good ole' days.

SLICK GOKU BABY
Jun 12, 2001

Hey Hey Let's Go! 喧嘩する
大切な物を protect my balls


Thanks guys for posting search results from words that were clearly just said in one rap song so the graph says it's used 0.0005 percent of the time in rap music.

Smoking Crow
Feb 13, 2012

*laughs at u*
Is this just commercial releases of do mixtapes also factor in?

a creepy colon
Oct 28, 2004

by Jeffrey of YOSPOS

Smoking Crow posted:

Is this just commercial releases of do mixtapes also factor in?

Raps history has been traced many ways -- through books, documentaries, official compilations, DJ mixes, university archives, even parties. But until now you havent been able to look at the development of the genre through its building blocks: the actual words used by emcees.

We introduce Rap Stats, a tool to plot the frequency of words appearing in rap songs from 1988 through the present day. You can use Rap Stats to perform your own searches at http://rapgenius.com/rapstats


This graph shows the popularity of the term crunk in rap lyrics over time

Rap Stats lets you explore, in surprising detail, the histories of regional genres, slang, trends, and more. For example, the entire history of Southern rap's rise to commercial dominance can be told in one word -- and that word is crunk.

You can see above that usage started to slowly increase in the mid-1990s. This was anecdotally confirmed to me by DJ Cipha Sounds, who was around then both DJing for Lil Kim, which brought him all over the country, and spinning at legendary NYC nightclub The Tunnel. According to Cipha, the folks who first started spreading the music outside of its home region were NYC guys who would go down South to hustle for a few months at a time, then return to New York.

Sure enough, this is reflected in the rise in crunk from 1995 for a full decade. By 2005, what was once a regional style had taken over the nation, and every rapper with a drawl (or who could fake one) was going platinum. But as with all trends, peak saturation was reached (in this case, right around the time Slim Thug sold 130K in a week), and things settled down.

As one star faded, so another rose. Watch as Molly graduates from designer drug into hip-hop ubiquity:


You can see a similar pattern play out with twerk:


The word first pops up in 1993-4. This makes sense, as DJ Jubilees Do The Jubilee All, generally acknowledged as the first recorded rap use of the term, was released in 93. Jubilee was a bounce artist, and one of the many great things about early bounce music was that it functioned as a conversation between the artists. It wasnt too long before Jubilees call to Twerk, baby was answered by Cheeky Blakks 1995 classic Twerk Something!, and a slew of other N.O. artists followed her lead.

The word lived quietly as a regional trend, losing steam in the late 90s, until pop culture finally discovered the dance, and, as we all know now, launched twerk into a Miley-fueled rocket ship ride, with no end in sight.

(Of course, Will Smith fans might have said the same thing about jiggy in 1998, and we can see how that turned out...)

In this way, Rap Stats can show you the influence of individual rappers. Take a look at shizzle:


Izzle language has been around since the 70s, and was first put on record in 1981. We see a slight uptick post-Doggystyle, when Snoops influence was at its height. Then Jay-Z uses it on Izzo in 2001 and basically single-handedly sparks a three-year renaissance.

Whats Actually More Important to Rappers: Sex or Money?

Rap Stats can also help us answer some of the genres most immortal questions, like, which element of A$AP Rockys holy trinity is the most important?


Lil Wayne wasn't being hyperbolic -- money really is over bitches:


The Names They Drop

Rap is in constant contact with the world around it. So one way to think of Rap Stats is as a Rap-tinted window on current events and culture.

Try searching for the last four Presidents names (two of which are the same, of course), and see the near-perfect graph of their terms that results:


Or watch as rap reacts to the War on Terror in the wake of 9/11:


Why did Facebook buy Instagram? Could it be its electric growth among the rapper set? Watch as Twitter holds on for dear life:


Rap and professional sports have always gone hand in hand, and we can see the evolution of rappers favorite basketball players:


A graph of the three Mikes reminds us of Tysons fall from grace following his first loss in 1990 at the hands of Buster Douglas:


The History of This Thing of Ours

1988 marks both the beginning of our data set, and the middle of what is generally considered the Golden Age, where originality, Afrocentrism, and Cameo cuts reigned supreme.

Within a few years, rap would be widely acknowledged as big business, and thus what bell hooks calls the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy would come to restrict the personas available to mainstream rappers to Gangsta and, um, Gangsta.

This can be seen pretty clearly if we look at the use of the word black (the best proxy for Afrocentrism we could think of) and wisdom (a word used frequently in its Supreme Alphabet sense by the 5% Nation of Islam, who had an outsize influence during the Golden Age). As you can see below, black peaks in 1991, and wisdom in 1990. Its all downhill from there.


Not coincidentally, you can see a strong upswing in the East Coast/West Coast beef at exactly this moment, all the way up until its tragic ending.


On a lighter note, Rap Stats also gives a pretty clear picture of the birth of RG!


Now its your turn to discover the myriad other stories that Rap Stats can tell. Whether you want to have fun, trace trends, discover more about the genres history, or just answer Black Sheeps eternal conundrum, you have the tools. Welcome to Rap Stats.

big duck equals goose
Nov 7, 2006

by XyloJW

Funkysauce
Sep 18, 2005
...and what about the kick in the groin?

Amarcarts
Feb 21, 2007

This looks a lot like suffering.

I.C.
Jun 10, 2008

keykey posted:

This is opposite day.



Daaaaaang!!!

Empty Sandwich
Apr 22, 2008

goatse mugs

keykey posted:

This is opposite day.



Never fear:

dad gay. so what
Feb 18, 2003

by FactsAreUseless
I wonder if someone searched that one word , the "n" wird" what the gently caress would happen to our streets? gently caress.

Vorik
Mar 27, 2014



the aughts were truly a renascence for gay rappers

Empty Sandwich
Apr 22, 2008

goatse mugs

Stoic Commie
Aug 29, 2005

by XyloJW



yeah this is cool

Robawesome
Jul 22, 2005

Stoic Commie
Aug 29, 2005

by XyloJW

Empty Sandwich
Apr 22, 2008

goatse mugs

the culminator posted:

http://genius.com/rapstats?q=lemonade

lemonade was a popular drink and it still is


To me, Chi Ali will always be too young for 40s and too young for blunts.



Sharp uptick in blunts post-Reagan.

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