Words, Lyrically Speaking

Via Matt Daniels:

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.

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.

So, Aesop Rock is the most verbacious, DMX the least and were Shakespeare penning his stuff nowadays, he’d fall somewhere among the members of Wu-Tang Clan.

Read through for Daniels’ analysis and methodology.

Image: Screenshot, # of Unique Words Used Within an Artist’s First 35,000 Lyrics, by Matt Daniels. Select to embiggen.

H/T: Reddit.

This is fun.

I just tweeted at Matt suggesting that he do an analysis of the changing role of the rapper’s vocabulary from the late 70’s through today. I wouldn’t be surprised if we’d find a massive expansion during the 80’s and 90’s followed by a contraction as new MCs start emulating their most popular peers (remember when everyone started sounding just like Dre, Mase, Eminem, and Biggie?) I would expect another expansion in the 2000s as the Internet expands its reach

Related: Shakespearean Mythbusting I: The Fantasy of the Unsurpassed Vocabulary

I made this and it’s internet famous.


Anonymous asked:

How do I know what I want to do in life


here’s what I did: stop working and see what you do.


stephmysmile asked:

dude i really admire your love for hip hop and the fact that you take that and use it so creatively just sent all your research projects to all the people in my life that love hip hop just as much as i do. thank you.


flatted. humbled. oh man. thank you. feedback is also most welcome!

And while I’m no expert in the philosophy of autonomy, it’s very clear that it’s absolutely essential to the development of networks. Without autonomy, networks resist formation, and instead lay dormant in traditional frameworks, like “employees” or “customers”. And it appears that there are two conceptions of autonomy that are worth examining in the workplace: the ability to self-direct work, and the ability to work toward a common, socially accepted good. Both provide a desirable foundation for something that Stowe Boyd mentioned last month – unintended order – and drive engagement. If you’re in charge of your destiny, and you agree on the future you’re building toward, more frequently than not you’ll be engaged in the work of the enterprise.

“Print-only interactive visualization by The Economist”

So fucking sick. The final result:

The douchebag execs at Nike are going to lay off a bunch of the eng team who developed The FuelBand, and other Nike stuff. Mostly because the execs committed gross negligence, wasted tons of money, and didn’t know what they were doing