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zeem



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The largest vocabulary in hip hop  Reply with quote  

http://rappers.mdaniels.com.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/

The biggest goes to Aersop rock! So far, at least. The author said he'd add Sage, and more indie rappers soon.
Post Mon May 05, 2014 12:55 am
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Sage Francis
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I've always been curious about this kind of stuff. Although I typically use the
"common man" language, I make an effort not to repeat myself much.


Someone emailed me about this article and he mentioned that author might add me to the list, but then he said:

"I saw the author say that you didn't have the 35,000 lyrics needed. Apparently he's only going by studio albums so all your mixtapes don't count."

I have no idea what "35,000 lyrics" means. There are people on that list who haven't released half of the studio albums that I have. Whatever the case, I'll be glad to provide this guy all of my lyrics. But if he can't figure out my album output I'm not so sure I can trust his calculations on unique vocabulary or lyrics. ha. Still curious though.
Post Mon May 05, 2014 2:05 am
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Since he also included some writers, and noted that he used the first 35,000 words from "Moby Dick", my guess is the "first 35,000 lyrics" just means 35,000 words, counting from the first song on first album etc.

He's using Rap Genius, so that may not exactly be foolproof, but probably bit better than all the other lyrics sites...
Post Mon May 05, 2014 6:37 am
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I'd like to see the correlation between vocabulary and album sales, especially given the lines by Jay-Z at the end of the article. I think the chart shows, maybe not definitively, but with enough persuasion that less is more when it comes to popularity in the hip hop scene.

I'm surprised that El-P isn't on this list. Surely his collaboration with Killer Mike has broadened his fanbase considerably.
Post Mon May 05, 2014 7:49 am
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I love that this thread exists.
Post Mon May 05, 2014 8:37 am
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zeem



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Maybe RapGenius doesn't have Sage's lyrics on it. That's a pooper. I'll write a script to scrape lyrics and calculate it sometime.
Post Mon May 05, 2014 11:47 am
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zeem



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I decided to brute force it with copy and paste and got around 7500 on 90% of the albums on azlyrics.

I also learned there's a lot of online word counters that are shit. This one seems alright: http://sporkforge.com/text/word_count.php
Post Mon May 05, 2014 12:58 pm
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zeem wrote:
http://rappers.mdaniels.com.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/

The biggest goes to Aesop Rock!


They don't call him anabolic Aes for nuthin'
Post Mon May 05, 2014 1:31 pm
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Obviously, Aesop Rock wins.
Post Mon May 05, 2014 2:18 pm
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I wiggity-wonder if diggity-Das-Efx's iggities piggity-pushed them up the list.

They're just behind Shiggity-Shakespeare.
Post Mon May 05, 2014 7:15 pm
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Neuro
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i had to
Post Mon May 05, 2014 7:23 pm
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I don't know if he'd be as high as Ace Rock, but Mac Lethal would have to be high up there.

He rhymes shit like pomegranate juices with cotton-candy hubris.
Post Tue May 06, 2014 4:13 am
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T-Wrex
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Flossin wrote:
Since he also included some writers, and noted that he used the first 35,000 words from "Moby Dick", my guess is the "first 35,000 lyrics" just means 35,000 words, counting from the first song on first album etc.

He's using Rap Genius, so that may not exactly be foolproof, but probably bit better than all the other lyrics sites...


It's kinda unfair.
Moby Dick doesn't have hooks and choruses.
Post Tue May 06, 2014 4:27 am
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So the top 3 so far are Kool Keith, Gza & Aesop
they should make a band
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It's not the size of your Moby Dick that matters but how you peruse it.
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