Mapper’s delight: rap’s lyrical journeys captured with light

Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s light paintings, an artist has created light pen drawings that map the geographical mentions in hip hop lyrics. Last year, Tahir Hemphill set out to create a database containing every lyric in rap history for his Kickstarter-funded Hip Hop Word Count project, and he’s now using that data to find patterns in the language rappers use.

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