This Map Examines Hip Hop Vocabulary in the Context of Shakespeare

By: Alyson Wyers - May 7, 2014
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If you've every wondered if Shakespeare or Tupac had a more expansive vocabulary, you need to check out this interactive map of hip hop vocabulary. Compiled by Undercurrent data scientist Matt Daniels, The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop visualizes data examining the number of unique words used by today's rappers compared to William Shakespeare.

The designer and coder wanted to look at who was truly the greatest wordsmith of all time, and the results may be surprising as a fair number surpass the famous bard. According to Daniels's findings, Shakespeare used 28,829 unique words in his work, which led him to estimate that Shakespeare knew over 100,000 words. He used this information to compare and contrast against the first three albums of various musical artists to suss out their hip hop vocabulary.