Matt Daniels loves Hip-hop. His past works include the Etymology of “Shorty“ and Outkast, in graphs and charts. He decided to examine the vocabulary of Hip-hop artists. He analyzed nearly one hundred artists by using each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics.
Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever.
He decided to compare this data point.