Pop Chart Lab’s Poster Graphs The Size of Rappers’ Vocabulary

Who boasts the most Brobdingnagian (i.e., biggest) vocabulary in hip-hop? Featuring 100 meticulously hand-drawn MC effigies, this poster from Pop Chart Lab of lyrical locution analyzes the lexical freshness of nearly every rapper of repute—including Drake, the Wu-Tang Clan and cult favorite Aesop Rock—tabulating the number of unique words used in each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics (roughly equal to 3-5 albums). What’s more, each of these virtuosos of verse is then color-coded by their area of origin—all adding up to a fun, flava-ful flow chart that’s equally at home on the wall of a hip-hop habitué, etymology enthusiast or die-hard data junkie.