Polygraph and Billboard's HOT RAP SONGS" CHART (1989 - 2015) is a perfect visualization (and audiolization) of how music drifts in and out of the public consciousness, using a generation-worth of rap hits as the raw material. Read the rest
I'ma stuff my face to a funky beat! Read the rest
Kern Saxton recut the Straight Outta Compton trailer to Ben Fold's cover of Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit." Read the rest
"The 'P' is for perfection and you know that we are freaks." Read the rest
Data science put to good use, finally. Once a top player, Lexus has fallen out of vogue, and Cadillac's #2 position has stagnated as Bentley rises.
The Game dominates the car endorsement game. The Compton artist wins the category hands down for seven of the major car makes, having logged more automobile mentions than any other rapper.
It's worth bearing in mind that some (or many) of the citations may involve paid endorsements. Who sang about Subarus? Read the rest
Over at Cuepoint, a fascinating data analysis of the most popular cars in hip-hop, with lots of charts, graphs, and GIFs.
The most frequently mentioned car make is Mercedes Benz, also often referred to as Benzos. Rappers love to rap about their benzes, but they rarely mention what models. If we get down to the specific model that’s most frequently mentioned, there’s no debate — it’s the Chevy Impala, most specifically the ’64 year model.
Shahid Buttar -- the rapper who created the amazing NSA vs USA track/video -- is also a constitutional lawyer who serves as executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. Read the rest
Feel free to interpret your favorite rapper in whatever color scheme you like! Aye Jay's Gangsta Rap Coloring Book presents 48 icons of rap.
While out of stock on Amazon, many other sellers stock it. The reviews are well worth reading.
I'll certainly be making my living room 'legit' with this and some colored pencils.
Using brain scans, scientists are trying to find how great freestyle rappers drop dope lines. Discovery News reports on a study conducted by researchers the voice, speech and language branch of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Here's the paper: "Neural Correlates of Lyrical Improvisation: An fMRI Study of Freestyle Rap." (via Clive Thompson; image photoshop mine from original study) Read the rest