February 4, 2015


Study: Pitbull, will.i.am Among Most Repetitive Rappers

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Stuart Wilson/Getty Images

A new study at the site RapAnalysis.com has identified "the 23 most repetitive rappers." The language about how the data was compiled is kind of jargon-y, but it seems like it involved finding the number of words said in a certain number of songs, then cramming out a decimal figure (a ratio?) based on the number of words repeated within the larger scheme of things. (Head here to try to unravel the mystery, and to see the data in a spreadsheet and a index graph.)

And who are the biggest repeat offenders? Will.i.am has a large lead, followed by Pitbull and Lil Jon. After there it kind of levels out, with Kid CudiB.o.B., Cash Out, Yo Gotti, Chief KeefAzealia BanksSnoop DoggKanye West and Nicki Minaj coming next. Iggy Azalea shows up toward the bottom the list, too.

MissInfo notes that will.i.am, Pitbull and Lil Jon showing up at the top "probably says more about rappers who try to assimilate themselves into EDM and pop music." Like, Lil Jon regurgitating 12 words for the entirety of "Turn Down for What" doesn't really have much to do with Lil Jon at all. Dude's just going with the flow. The repetitive, chorus-driven dance party flow. The flow where 12 words are all you need to make a remarkable, year-winning song.