Rappers sorted by size of vocabulary

Matt Daniels, designer, coder, and data scientist sets out to find the largest vocabulary in hip hop.

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He explains “Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever (average people have a vocab of 5,000 words).

I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.”

Check out his interactive visualisation here.

The redditor‘s past works include the Etymology of “Shorty” and Outkast, in graphs and charts.

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