Rap Stats and the demise of the DJ

Rap Stats technics midi

If the urban street slang employed by Hip Hop luminaries make little or no sense to you, then head to Rap Genius is for you. And to compliment their vast library of rap lyrics, they’ve complied a frequency list of what words were used and when. I hadn’t really paid it any attention until this morning, when my old Cohort Mr Trick posted an all too poignant visual commentary via Rap Stats on the relationship between DJs and emcees.

From my own personal point of view, the stuff we see in the charts is Rap, a derivative of Hip Hop that essentially strips out 3 of the 4 elements of Hip Hop to leave the emceeing element i.e. the most commercial that has a face and a voice. DJs have become little more than a prop to all too many Rap megastars, and rolled out as nothing more than a prop to legitimise themselves to the culture. </end_soapbox_rant>.

Need evidence? I put a few choice DJ related words into Rap Stats and got back some disturbing graphs.

Keyword: DJ

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Keyword: Turntable

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Keyword: Technics

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Keyword: CDJ

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Keyword: MIDI

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