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In the pubic eye, rappers aren’t necessarily known nor recognized for their extensive vocabularies. In fact, most people feel rappers aren’t saying much at all. New York-based designer, coder and data scientist Matt Daniels decided to shed a new light on this topic.

He began by pulling out the number of unique words from the first 35,000 lyrics of 85 different artists which resulted in about 3-5 studio albums and EP’s per artist including mixtapes if the artist was short of the 35,000 words. The results are surprisingly interesting. We also through in the first 35,000 words of Moby Dick and some Shakespere for good measure.


Here are the results.

#1: Aesop Rock
#2, #6, #7, #9, #20, and #23: Wu-Tang Clan
#3 – 5: Kool Keith, Canibus, Cunninlynguists
#14 – 15: Outkast and E-40
#26 and #33: Busta Rhymes and Twista
#67, #68, #71, and #72: Snoop Dogg, 2pac, Kanye west, and Lil Wayne
#85: DMX

Check out the entire data here

hip, hop, vocabulary, largest, aesop rock