(AllHipHop News) Last year, data scientist Matt Daniels conducted a study to determine which Hip Hop artists had the largest vocabulary. Inspired by that research, song analysts Varun Jewalikar and Nash Vail at Musixmatch created their own list of the 93 best-selling musicians with the largest vocabulary. Four rap stars lead the pack.
Twenty-five genres were included in the analysis, but rappers Eminem (1), Jay Z (2), 2Pac (3), and Kanye West (4) dominated the tally. The only other act listed in the Hip Hop category was The Black Eyed Peas (6).
The selections were based on the Wikipedia list of best-selling artists. Pop music had the most representatives with 24 artists. Six R&B singers – including Beyoncé (15), Rihanna (49), and Whitney Houston (72) – made the list.
Hip Hop ranked at number one for average vocabulary size. Folk came in second, followed by Latin, Funk Rock, and Progressive Rock.
A description of the analysis reads:
To prevent the analysis from being skewed purely by the number of songs released, the vocabularies are compared across the 100 densest songs (by total number of words) that they have released. Only 6 of these musicians have released less than 100 songs, so it is a good threshold. Also, 100 songs comprises 8 to 10 albums of music which would span at least 5 to 10 years of work. This should give a fair idea of the overall vocabulary of these musicians.
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Check out the top 10 of Musixmatch’s The Largest Vocabulary In Music list below.