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Rap Genius Shows You How “Crunk,” “Twerk,” And “Shizzle” Have Been Used In Rap Lyrics Over Time

Ever wonder how many times rappers have referenced “twerking” in a song lyric? Rap Genius’s Rap Stats tells all.

Rap Genius has become a staple for hip-hop fans looking to dissect the meanings of popular song lyrics. The site hosts thousands of visitors who can annotate song lyrics with their own qualitative analysis, and it recently added a feature called Rap Stats that lets you graph how often a word or string of words has been used in songs over time.

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It’s a similar endeavor to Hip-Hop Word Count, a searchable, online almanac of hip-hop music created by Harvard University Hiphop Archive Fellow Tahir Hemphill.

Rap Stats results often strongly correlate with greater shifts in history and pop culture. For example, peak references to “Obama” occurred, unsurprisingly, in 2008, the year he was first elected president. The inverse relationship between “crunk” and the drug “molly” mirrors molly’s rapidly increasing popularity as a party drug over the past few years.

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Christina is an associate editor at Fast Company, where she writes about technology, social media, and business.

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