A Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names


7 Responses to “A Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names”

  1. YakHerder says:

    What a labor of love. But no TRUE rap name taxonomy could be complete without…

    *KRS-One (Alphanumeric)

    *Grandwizzard Theodore (Titles/Honorifics)

    *Heavy D (Physical or Metaphysical Attributes–>Size–>Large)

    *Phife Dawg (Animal, Vegetable, Mineral–>Animal–>Doggs)

    *Grandmaster Melle Mel (Titles/Honorifics–>Masters)(Wordplay–>Repetition)

    *Leaders of the New School (Titles/Honorifics–>Schooling)(Physical or Metaphysical Attributes–>Virtues–>Intellect)…


  2. btb says:

    My favorite semantic grouping is “Guys Named Rob”

  3. Anonymous says:

    Uhhh hello!!! Madlib (Wordplay), DOOM (lol not sure Similarity to Cartoon Character)

  4. Anonymous says:

    aww, $30 to ship a piece of paper to the good old U of K?

  5. Tad Allagash says:

    Eminem is under gustatory, two letters and repetition.

    It was reassuring to see the first comment. It means I wasn’t only one spotting who was missing. Impossible task to get everyone of course. This is superb all the same.

    I think Dr. Ice should be added. Sue me.

  6. Anonymous says:

    And what self-respecting nexus of hip-hop and nerdery would mistake DJ Dangermouse for MC Dangermouse?!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Where is Eminem? Not under alphanumeric?

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