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This chart measures what rappers repeat the same words the most. This chart is actually an index, as is explained on Wikipedia here.
As the guy who generated this data for me emailed me, “Repetitiveness: This is an algorithm I hand rolled to use on this data. It’s similar to vocabulary density, but uses ngrams instead of individual words. I think it gives a really meaningful metric. I got the idea when I saw this meme comparing Beyonce to Freddie Mercury.”
I used Excel to create the visualization. The data analyst got the raw material from crawling popular lyrics websites.
P.S. – UPDATE:
Here is the data on how many words and how many songs the data was compiled for each artist, so you can decide how big the sample size should be:
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