Rappers With Largest Vocabularies In Hip Hop Featured In Pop Chart Lab Poster

posted Wednesday July 30 ,2014 at 09:50PM CDT | 57 comments

Rappers With Largest Vocabularies In Hip Hop Featured In Pop Chart Lab Poster

Exclusive: Matt Daniels explains how his Pop Chart Lab collaboration allows for a new way to experience his "Largest Vocabulary In Hip Hop" chart.

Matt Daniels, a New York City resident who has described himself as a data scientist and digital analyst, recently updated his "Largest Vocabulary In Hip Hop" chart to include more emcees. Beyond making this update, Daniels has also announced the release of a Hip Hop Flow Chart poster with Pop Chart Lab. Today (July 30), Daniels spoke with HipHopDX about the expansion of the project he unveiled to the Internet in May.

"I was going to expand the project based on a lot of the feedback I got on Reddit based on the artists that weren't included in the sample set, so I was planning on expanding it anyway," Matt Daniels says in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. "So, I added the additional emcees, but Pop Chart Lab did all of the design work. All the credit goes to them." 

Pop Chart Lab's designed poster, priced at $29, includes various features. The Pop Chart Lab site says the following in its product description: 

"Featuring 100 meticulously hand-drawn MC effigies, this chart of lyrical locution analyzes the lexical freshness of nearly every rapper of repute—including Drake, the Wu-Tang Clan and cult favorite Aesop Rock—tabulating the number of unique words used in each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics (roughly equal to 3-5 albums). What's more, each of these virtuosos of verse is then color-coded by their area of origin—all adding up to a fun, flava-ful flow chart that’s equally at home on the wall of a hip-hop habitué, etymology enthusiast or die-hard data junkie."

Matt Daniels Discusses Feedback Regarding "Largest Vocabulary" Chart

Daniels hasn't heard too much from rappers featured on the poster, but many Rap aficionados have let him know what they appreciate about this data project. 

A teacher reached out, for example, saying that he believes the chart can inspire students to see statistics, mathematics and literature in a newfound manner. "That was one of the more redeeming things that came out of the project," Daniels says.

Despite the academic value that might be gained from this, the chart isn't just an academic project for Daniels, who says it was "a fun thing" to do. Instead, Daniels is quick to point out that this data is not scientifically accurate and that there are a lot of issues with the data quality based on various factors, including transcription accuracy, guest rappers impacting the study and repetitive choruses that may also influence findings. With that said, scientific accuracy wasn't necessary the goal here. 

"I think if anything, this encourages interesting discussion about Hip Hop," Daniels says. "I think that's the most important thing that I want people to take away from this." 

Another point Daniels makes regarding his study is that it shouldn't be "proof" that one rapper is better than another because of word choice. "That's just one component of how you approach an artist's music," Daniels explains. 

For more on the "Largest Vocabulary In Hip Hop," view the DX Daily below.


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  • Ryan
    Anyone heard of Jonwayne?
  • mark
    Wheres biggie?
  • John DoGood
    Sorry, but Shakespeare's plays top 21,000 words... nice try, though
  • etriiip
    how is it possible that Canibus didn't make this list? back in the 90's before internet was the end all be all I remember very vividly looking up words in the dictionary after listen to a Canibus mixtape.
  • Anonymous
    lol mac dre knew more words than q tip and chuck d ps I fucks with all of them and I'm not sayin he was a better mc
  • Eric Piatkowski
    You put Jus Allah with Crypt The Warchild(of Outerspace) and their current touring turntablist DJ Kwestion? Ever heard of their frontman Vinnie Paz? Ever heard of their in house producer Stoupe? Jedi Mind Tricks is Vinnie Paz, Stoupe and (sometimes) Jus Allah. http://s178.photobucket.com/user/lydia_love17/media/jedi-mind-tricks.jpg.html
    • mwila
      you damn right vinnie kills shit!!!period.
    • Ryan Thill
      Stoupe isn't in Jedi Mind Tricks anymore.
    • Anonymous
      Vinnie Paz is one of the top spitters alive only reason he isn't getting recognized is cuz the game is corporatized
  • Anonymous
  • Soulsista
    This chart is interesting to say the least lol. I am shocked at the place of Rakim!
  • Jorge
  • Jorge
    what about DELTRON 3030
    • Ryan
      Del The Funky Homosapien - 6,135
  • dandadynamite
    Jedi Mind Tricks!!! They're deep as hell!!
  • Pihpoh
    I didn't Know Ice t was from the east coast & where is Rick Ross Chance & Canibus
    • sdds
      Canibus is listed there, right above Wu-tang
  • Anon
    Crooked I, E-40, Chino XL?
  • Anonymous
    lol @ diddy being on the same level as talib kweli and krs one
    • Anonymous
      Vocabulary isn't the only measure of a good MC
    • Anonymous
      well think about it.. it's not like Diddy writing his own raps, maybe he got some deep niggas ghost writing
    • Anonymous
      them niggas always acting like they smart and shit but they seem to have the same IQ as diddy lmao
  • Anonymous
    smh arrogant niggas thinkin they smart just cause they know some big words
  • Anonymous
    where the fuck is Canibus my ninja?
    • Anonymous
      He's nasty with them bars but I really don't think he has a "vast vocabulary", he don't really talk like these self righteous superiority complex having ass Immortal Techinque type of niggas
    • ddsa
      He listed there fool, above wu-tang. He has more vocabulary than Technique
    • Anonymous
      Canibus doesn't have a vast vocab??? Slap yourself please. This raps 11 syllable words together. fuck outta here
  • The Clap
    Daniel Dumile
  • Mike
    How about Keith Murray??
  • Anonymous
    This story & chart is old as fuck, as a matter of fact, DX has already ran this exact story months ago. Way to go dumb fucks
    • Justin Hunte
      This is actually an exclusive followup from the first story. We talked to the creator yesterday who detailed the feedback received from the infographic. Our original story is in the DX Daily video published to the site. Thank you for the comment, Anonymous. We appreciate it.
    • Anonymous
      No, it's the same fucking story you butt loving pie crust snuggler.
  • syllable stressers squad
    what!?!?! no migos?!?! this chart is trash
    • Anonymous
      because they only use like 10 words
  • hiphopreal
    No ELZHI what the fuck this list is Boodissy!!
    • Doubl Negative
      Yeah, I was gonna say the same dude. Ill Bill, Monch, Sandman... this list could go on. These are are the cats that remind you hip-hop is worth persevering with, no matter how egregious the scene in general has become.
  • Anonymous
    got nicki minaj but not apathy .. this list is garbage ..
    • minnesota slick
      ap is mad slept but he goes dumb hard. props for even mentioning dude.
  • HUH
    So this is based off of his interpretation of "unique word"?.... POINTLESS....
  • Anonymous
    Canibus sneaking into the picture. If you don't look at the picture on hiphopdx but go to the actual website, you still won't see it. But if you then zoom in on the picture Canibus will suddenly appear above the wu. Don't know if there are other people on there I haven't noticed.
    • rahrahrah
      So many MCs look up to Canibus, but pop culture is trying their best to shit on him because he came at Eminem.
    • ^Nope
      Pop culture shits on Canibus because he can't make a mainstream hit song to save his life. I'm a Canibus fan too so not a knock on him, just the truth.
    • Anonymous
      Pop culture never even heard of Canibus. Hip-Hop fans shits on Canibus because he's the biggest douche bag in history of the culture
  • doggfather
    Common uses less than 5k? i'm surprised.
  • Mmafightcritic
    Busdriver has the largest vocabulary in hip hop
  • Anonymous
    except for GZA the top 3 is all white rappers lol
  • Anonymous
    here we got the A$AP wannabe again. foh