Kanye was right: rappers are the new rockstars. But if this poster is any indication, rappers are also the new Shakespeare.
The poster below from Pop Chart Lab, arguably the coolest poster company of all time (seriously), ranks rappers based on their vocabulary. Inspired by designer Matt Daniels‘ The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop project, the poster shows how many unique words were found in the first 35,000 lyrics of one hundred different rappers (about 3 to 5 albums).
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According to the chart, in 35,000 of William Shakespeare’s written words, you’ll find 5,170 uniques. For Ghostface Killah, though, you’ll find 5,774, and Outkast has 5,212. And Aesop Rock wins by a landslide with 7,392 different words found.
“What’s more,” explains Pop Chart Lab, “each of these virtuosos of verse is then color-coded by their area of origin—all adding up to a fun, flava-ful flow chart that’s equally at home on the wall of a hip-hop habitué, etymology enthusiast or die-hard data junkie.”
It’s very cool and pretty fascinating. We hope that after 2014, though, they might be able to revise it and add a few more female rapper names to the lineup.
h/t Fast Company