Hip-Hop Stat doesn’t feature on any university curricula as of yet, but that’s not to say there aren’t noble statisticians out there, fighting the OG fight.
Matt Daniels is one such pioneer. In the past he’s published studies such as The Etymology of “Shorty” and Outkast, in graphs and charts, both of which have been fundamental in the evolution of this new field of study.
His latest project however, involves a literary examination of 85 of the most prolific hip-hop artists to date, and a subsequent comparison to Mr. William Shakespeare; “Across Shakespeare’s entire corpus, he used 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever.”
Daniels then compares this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop, using each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics (3–5 studio albums and EPs) and the results not only put Big Will S. to shame, but also shed some – not so favourable – light on some of the biggest names in the emcee game.