The Hip-Hop Word Count: A Searchable Rap Almanac

A project in Brooklyn, NY by Tahir Hemphill

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The Hip-Hop Word Count is a searchable ethnographic database built from the lyrics of over 40,000 Hip-Hop songs from 1979 to present day.
Backers: 349
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Funded: $8,441 of $7,500
Dates: Dec 14th -> Dec 31st (14958 days)
Project By: Tahir Hemphill
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Creative Capital 2012

January 31st - via:
I'm happy to announce that I am a 2012 Creative Capital Grantee. I'll be focussing on research projects with data visualization via the Rap Research Groups.  (Read More)

The last of the rewards were mailed out today.

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MoMA Talk To Me: A Symposium

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I'll Be Speaking At MoMa Talk to Me: A Symposium On Wednesday, October 19th, 11:30AM: During my presentation I will debut the Champagne Always Stains My Silk Datavis: If you can't come by watch the live... (Read More)

Summer 2011 Update: MoMA x Champagne x Launch

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Hello Nice & Decent People. I have been busy. There is one more batch of rewards to mail out. Logins for the beta site will be sent when the new version is ready for testing. HHWC is featured in the Talk To Me exhibition at MoMA:... (Read More)

The First Round Of Rewards Are Getting Mailed Out Today.

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I'll be speaking at my first Ignite on Feb 9th.

January 28th - via:
I'm going to speak at the next Ignite during Social Media Week on Feb 9 at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, Brooklyn. 5 minutes and 20 slides rotating automatically in front of NYC’s brightest geeks. Great.  (Read More)

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