Early in his career, Tyler, The Creator gained fame as an innovative producer whose abrasive lyrics leaned heavily on topics like rape, violence, and homophobic slurs - also known as “shock-rap”. But when Tyler’s new album Igor drops later this week, the project will come from a man whose music is nearly unrecognizable when compared to his early output - a man who is carving … [Read more...] about Tyler, the Creator’s Personal Evolution: A Lyrical Analysis
It’s 2019. Hip-hop has been the biggest genre in music for more than two years now, but The Grammys still reek of bias against the genre. Recent snubs of iconic albums like Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. and Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy sting badly, but sadly they weren’t a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. And while The Grammys can continue to deny all the accusations … [Read more...] about The Grammys are Statistically Biased and Hip-Hop Doesn’t Need Them
You’ve stumbled into an ongoing collaborative series between CentralSauce and HipHopNumbers, where I take a deep dive into the best tweets and statistical discoveries of the previous week. There’s a healthy helping of numbers and always a slight twist of ya girl Iggy in the mix. Enjoy! Future raps more about Lean on #THEWIZRD than his 4 previous commercial projects, … [Read more...] about HipHopNumbers: Future’s Love of Lean, Drake’s Social Silence, Missy’s Musicianship, & more
Welcome to the very first installment of an ongoing collaborative series where we will dive into the best tweets and discoveries uncovered on HipHopNumbers Twitter Account over the last week. I promise nothing except that you will leave these articles entertained, informed, and maybe slightly frustrated, depending on how much you like Iggy Azalea. Hip-Hop is the King of … [Read more...] about HipHopNumbers: Hip-Hop is the New Pop, Lil Wayne’s 2018 Pussy Resurgence, & More
In today’s era of collaborative production, Big K.R.I.T. stands alone. Despite producing 67.9% of his album tracks alone - with no co-production whatsoever - K.R.I.T. has ascended commercial peaks historically reserved for elite rappers backed by production rosters as long as a phone book. He has carved his own path from the very beginning, employing an incredibly unique and … [Read more...] about Unprecedented: Big K.R.I.T.’s Groundbreaking Career as a Dual-Discipline Artist [Beats & Bars]
Fifteen years ago, Jay-Z announced that he was leaving hip-hop: but only on his own terms and with his own voice. The Black Album was meant to be the climax of Jay's career, a raw and personal record with minimal features. For the first time ever, here are the numbers to cement the album's legacy forever. I just felt like, it being the last album, that I wanted to do it … [Read more...] about “The Black Album”: Lyrical Breakdown of Jay-Z’s Least Collaborative Record
Back in 2017 it was discovered that Nicki Minaj mentioned herself on wax significantly more than her contemporaries. To recap, 11.5% of Nicki Minaj’s discography prior to QUEEN contains self-references by Nicki.. In this analysis, Nicki was far ahead of the competition, even handily beating out noted egos like Kanye West and Jay-Z, who came in 7th and 9th … [Read more...] about Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Drake or Kanye West: Who Was the Most Self-Obsessed Lyricist in 2018?
In the eleven years following her debut mixtape, Nicki Minaj has released 164 songs, 4 albums, and 2 additional mixtapes as a lead artist. Strangely enough, it wasn't until QUEEN, Nicki's fourth studio album, that the platinum-selling recording artist chose to feature another female rapper on one of her tracks. But why has Nicki Minaj avoided collaborating with other women for … [Read more...] about Does Nicki Minaj Empower Female Rappers? Here’s the Data
The age-old debate: "Pop Nicki" vs "Rap Nicki"? Fans and critics alike have been divided on Nicki Minaj's musical duality since her debut album was released back in 2010. With the early numbers from her latest album QUEEN now coming in, a distinct statistical trend has emerged. As far as the numbers are concerned, the question of "Pop Nicki" vs "Rap Nicki" has finally been … [Read more...] about While Nicki Minaj Raps More and More, Her Album Sales Plummet – Why?
QUEEN has arrived with the fanfare reserved for both Pop Stars and Hip Hop’s Elite, a duality that Nicki Minaj has spent her career cultivating. Nicki stoked the flames of a lyrical resurrection by dropping “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” prior to the album’s release, leading to further speculation that QUEEN will mark Nicki’s to the days of “Monster”, in which she slayed both … [Read more...] about “QUEEN” of Rap: Nicki Minaj Defends Her Throne with the Most Rap of Her Career