Dropping Knowledge: Which Of Your Favorite Rappers Have Vocabularies Larger Than Shakespeare’s??
Can Hip Hop actually make you…smarter? Even though it’s commonly assumed that all rap teaches kids is to how to rob and ask for a big booty ho for their birthday, new info from data analyst Matt Daniels has found that some of today’s hip hop artists actually use more words per rhyme than William Shakespeare — the writer cited by many academics to have the largest vocabulary of all time.
Daniels took the first 5,000 words from 7 of Shakespeare’s works, then pit them against the first 35,000 rhymes by the most well-known hip hop artists (up to 2012). So how does your favorite measure up? Check the chart below:
You can peep the full interactive version of the chart HERE. Are you surprised by any of the results?