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Hip-Hop Word Count inventor Tahir HemphillThe debate about who is the best MC is a fundamental part of hip-hop. Now an enterprising entrepreneur is giving fans actual data to support their argument for “Top 5 Dead or Alive.” An app called “Hip-Hop Word Count” is an ethnographic database with lyrics from over 40,000 hip-hop songs from 1979 to now. Brooklyn based inventor Tahir Hemphill gathered metadata on all of the songs including characters per word, readability and geo codes. This allows readers to do a search for a word like  “Champagne” and find out who first used the word in a rap and chart the usage of the word by song AND region.

After posting the video below on Kickstarter, the app has received enough funding to complete its development. We can’t wait for the finished product!
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