Big data, meet rap music.
In a curious mix of data analysis and Tupac Shakur, a new study chronicles the pattern of profanity use in rap music since 1985. Based on the most popular album releases over the past 29 years, somehow 2001-2002 broke records in f-bombs, sh*ts, and b*tches.
Tupac holds the number one and two spots for most expletives per album, and Too $hort holds the top spot for most profanity in a single song. While the rate seems to ebb and flow in weird ways, we couldn’t resist this combination of data geekery and rap.
Fun facts: Misogyny in rap lyrics seems to be going down somewhat in recent years, but homophobic lyrics are on the rise. Check it out:
Check out the full report here.