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
The months before the release of Nothing Was The Same, the third studio album by Canadian hip hop titan Drake, were dominated by the emcee’s hit singles. The album’s first single, “Started From The Bottom,” was released in February, a whole seven months prior to the album. The simplistic rap banger hit #6 on the Billboard 100, turning in at least one new quotable and … [Read more...] about Behind Drizzy’s Most Essential Album, “Nothing Was The Same”
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?
It's the question no one is asking - how could it be possible for Kanye not to have his hands in the Drake and Pusha T beef? Now that the dust has settled, we're diving into the numbers to understand what the consequences of 2018's defining beef have been - and what exactly happened between Drake and the man he once cited as "the most influential person of his career", Kanye … [Read more...] about Drake vs Kanye: Quantifying Hip Hop’s Biggest (Proxy) Beef
Imagine if Drake released his record-breaking album Scorpion in 1988, the year Straight Outta Compton hit the airwaves. Not only would the music would seem totally out of place, but he’d be straight up laughed out of the room. Now let’s flip the picture: imagine a young group of artists releasing Straight Outta Compton in today’s music scene. Not only would the music seem … [Read more...] about Gangsta Rap is Dead – and Your Favorite Rapper Has Blood on Their Hands
Data doesn't lie. Is the music industry an shining example of gender equality that we should seek to emulate, or are the scales tipped in favor of men? We ran the numbers to find out. Here's the truth behind gender diversity in today's music scene. It’s tempting to assume gender inequality stops where artistic expression starts. With the wealth of both female and male … [Read more...] about Male Musical Artists Still Dominate the Charts – and the Margin Isn’t Small