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Craig Clemens

May 05, 2014
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In a weird mix of science, programming, fandom, and hip-hop, Matt Daniels decided one day to look at the vocabulary of hip-hop artists throughout history and see who, exactly, has the most diverse rhymes in hip-hop?

What he found was incredibly impressive and the analysis brings up a few subtle points of geography, time periods, and even the way that some rappers call each other out.

Coincidentally, the number one spot is given to a relative unknown, Aesop Rock, a New York rapper with only a smidgen of underground street cred, while some of the biggest names in hip-hop: 2pac, Lil’ Wayne, Kanye, Snoop, Drake, etc.. are all in the bottom 20%.

The most accomplished group of lyricists on this list is the Wu-Tang Clan (pictured above) who finished individually 2nd, 6th, 7th, 9th, 20th, and 23rd.

It’s a very interesting read if you like hip-hop or not, as a matter of fact, you may even be vindicated by the findings if you don‘t like hip-hop.

Check it out here.