Who’s the best rapper with the most words?

Who the greatest rapper is depends on who you ask. But one thing that isn’t subjective is which rappers have the biggest vocabulary and this amazing chart shows it.

Pudding is an amazing site full of engaging and sometimes interactive articles on music from the most emo lyrics of all time, to an interactive page on how Robert Glasper sampled Miles Davis that lets you chop the samples and control the beats. They’ve looked at 85 artists to work out who is the best wordsmith.

To work it out they’ve collected the first 35,000 words each rapper has used which covers around 3-5 albums and EPs and sometimes mixtapes if the word count needed it. Collecting those words together they’ve counted the variety of words used and compared them with each other to see whose making the best use of a thesaurus or who studied Shakespeare’s 28,829 word vocabulary the most.

Most rappers sat somewhere between 4,300 and 5,000 words with famous rappers like Eminem at 4,494 unique words used and Jay-Z who has 4,506 unique words used. Using ‘token analysis’ each form of a word is counted as well, so for Jay-Z ‘pimp’, ‘pimpin’, and ‘pimps’ all count as their own individual word towards vocabulary count. It can’t have been an easy task, working through all of the slang used within hip hop as well as other hurdles that must come along with collecting 35,000 words from 85 people so the list isn’t entirely perfect but it’s an accurate representation.

Aesop Rock tops the list which, to those who know the underground rapper, is probably no surprise. The verbose rapper spits like a dictionary puking all over dark beats and he’s a clear leader with 7,392 unique words used. In second place GZA, measured only by his solo albums and not his work with the Wu, sits almost a thousand words back with 6,426 unique words. DMX sits at the bottom with 3,214 unique words used.

Check out the full breakdown and play with the graph to see who’s the most verbose, how it aligns with the region they’re from, and more and get an incredible insight into the lyrics of the world’s greatest rappers.

L I P S joined us for a very special session that you need to see

L I P S have been doing amazing things this year and have earned loads of love from the BBC, Spotify and listeners around the world. We wanted to do something a bit special with L I P S. The video features footage from singer Rachel’s childhood to complement their amazing track Sunken in a unique and amazing way. 

This is the first video of an amazing session with L I P S and you do not want to miss hearing this.

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Winter Mountain’s beautiful live session will keep you warm this winter

We got Joe and Sam from Winter Mountain in to offer up their soul and spirit in one of the most gorgeous sessions we’ve had at RouteNote. The full session is below and will be your perfect start to December.

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How to get my music on Napster for free

Getting your music on the top music streaming services and download stores is easy and free when you distribute through RouteNote. Veterans of online music streaming, Napster are one of many services we can send your music to.

Napster helped to pioneer the shape of online music in the early 2000s, launching in 1999 offering file sharing that centred around making music easily shared. Whilst they were many peoples first experience of getting music online and introduced people to the idea of near unlimited music access which was the start of what music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music offer to millions of people around the world today.

Napster was acquired by Rhapsody on 2011 and in 2016 Rhapsody became Napster bringing a legacy of online music back as a streaming service. In 2017 they also expanded their services to offer on-demand music a service to other brands such as iHeartRadio to offer their music streaming library through various platforms.

At RouteNote we offer free music distribution to Napster and all of the other top music streaming services and download stores in the world. It’s as simple as creating an account and uploading your music for our friendly team to look at and make sure it’s all good to go online.

Once approved we will send your music to all of the stores and services you have selected within a week, often as quickly as a couple of days. You can get in touch with our dedicated team of musicians and music lovers at any time for help at support@routenote.com or through the website.

So don’t delay, get your music online and heard around the world today!

These were the 10 most trending YouTube videos in 2018

2018 has been another massive year for YouTube with over 673 million views on videos around the world. They’ve revealed the videos that had the most amount of people watching, laughing, sharing and liking.

YouTube have rewound on 2018 to look back at the greatest moments of the year, or at least what people were most interested in.  The most viewed video all year was an 11 minute short film on Kylie Jenner’s baby Stormi, following Jenner’s pregnancy and then the birth of Stormi. It was viewed over 53 million times and became the #1 Top Trending Video of 2018… the list can only get better from there surely. Lets find out!

Top Trending Videos

  1. To Our Daughter
  2. Real Life Trick Shots 2 | Dude Perfect
  3. we broke up
  4. Walmart yodeling kid
  5. Do You Hear “Yanny” or “Laurel”? (SOLVED with SCIENCE)
  6. Portugal v Spain – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – MATCH 3
  7. Build Swimming Pool Around Underground House
  8. Cobra Kai Ep 1 – “Ace Degenerate” – The Karate Kid Saga Continues
  9. Behan Bhai Ki School Life – Amit Bhadana
  10. NGƯỜI TRONG GIANG HỒ PHẦN 6 | L M CHẤN KHANG | FULL 4K | TRUYỀN NH N QUAN NHỊ CA | PHIM CA NHẠC 2018

On the music side of things it has been a big year for YouTube. They launched the new YouTube Music platform as a dedicated place for music streaming which allows users to sign up and listen to music ad-free as well as providing higher royalties on videos to ensure that artists get paid fairly for their music, a longstanding criticism of music being readily available on the video platform.

Following last year’s international love of the hit track Despacito, Latin Music has exploded on YouTube this year. In the top ten most watched music videos for 2018, a whopping 8 of them were Latin artists.

  1. Te Bote Remix – Casper, Nio García, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, Ozuna | Video Oficial
  2. Nicky Jam x J. Balvin – X (EQUIS) | Video Oficial | Prod. Afro Bros & Jeon
  3. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B
  4. Daddy Yankee | Dura (Video Oficial)
  5. Ozuna x Romeo Santos – El Farsante (Remix) (Video Oficial)
  6. Becky G, Natti Natasha – Sin Pijama (Video Oficial)
  7. El Chombo – Dame Tu Cosita feat. Cutty Ranks (Official Video) [Ultra Music]
  8. Drake – God’s Plan
  9. Reik – Me Niego ft. Ozuna, Wisin (Video Oficial)
  10. Vaina Loca – Ozuna x Manuel Turizo (Video Oficial)

YouTube are preparing for their Rewind 2018 by asking creators and video makers on YouTube to share their insights on what made 2018 on YouTube. Not everyone was keen on that though as that video has become the second most disliked video on all of YouTube. It’s second only to Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ music video which took 8 years to reach the number one spot with over 9.7 million dislikes. It took ‘YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind’ only 3 days to amass over 6.8 million videos.

The controversy over the video is that YouTube excluded a bunch of it’s top creators, including the most subscribed to creator on YouTube; PewDiePie. There are a number of reasons why Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) and Logan Paul as well as other popular YouTuber’s might have been excluded but the community are clearly unhappy.

YouTube’s 2018 Rewind video will be released soon and sum up “the creators and artists who shaped popular culture in 2018”. After the reaction to the pre-Rewind video though YouTube may be up against a tough crowd.

Tencent Music’s IPO looms and they are being sued by an investor

China’s biggest streaming service are finally gearing up for their long-awaited IPO this week, but one of their investors are unhappy with the media giants and taking legal action.

Tencent Music Entertainment have been discussing an IPO for a majority of 2018 after Spotify so successfully placed themselves on the New York Stock Exchange. After months of delays due to uncertainty on global stocks Tencent have finally set the date for their Initial Public Offering as December 12th. Now just days away the Chinese media giant is being sued by one of their own investors.

Last Week Tencent’s co-president Guomin Xie Guo was accused of using misinformation, threats and intimidation to acquire equity stakes in a rival music service. Chinese investor Hanwei Guo claims that Guomin compelled him to sell his equity stakes in Ocean Music which then became part of Tencent’s own QQ Music service after a merger in 2016 with China Music Corporation.

Hanwei is seeking guidance from investment firms Deutsche Bank AG, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and other companies who help to invest in Tencent. He has filed a motion for discovery and is requesting that Guomin and any others involved return percentages of their equity stakes in their music services to compensate the losses made by giving up his equity stakes in music streaming.

Hanwei claims that Guomin convinced him Ocean Music would turn a profit a year after 2012 when he invested the equivalent of $26 million in Ocean Music which eventually went to establishing Tencent Music. Guomin then told Hanwei that the business was failing despite receiving capital infusions of $100 million. Hanwei was reportedly threatened with government investigation if he didn’t sell his equity and was eventually convinced to sell his shares for far less than their value.

A spokesperson for Guomin says: “We believe a review of the circumstances and facts surrounding this matter clearly show that Mr. Xie, who is now Tencent Music’s Co-President, used unlawful intimidation tactics and threats to defraud a respected, honorable investor. It is unfortunate that Mr. Xie and other respondents have not righted this wrong prior to Tencent Music’s December 12 Initial Public Offering in the United States, where shareholders and regulators hold companies and their officers to high standards of conduct.”

Tencent are limited in what they are able to say prior to their IPO on Wednesday, December 12th so there is currently no comment from the other side. However, coming just a week before they go live this controversy could tar their entry into the US stock market.

Brendan Kavanagh (Dr K.) Teaching Boogie Woogie Piano at London Train Stations (Video)

Brendan Kavanagh (Dr K.) has been making some amazing headway of late on YouTube with teaching the London general public about Boogie Woogie piano. The Dr K. YouTube channel is now over 330,000 subscribers strong and it looks like it will be going higher even faster in 2019.

Take some time and have a listen to Dr K. Make sure you also keep an eye out in a London Tube Station near you!

The music that made 2018 on SoundCloud

The years coming to a close and what better way to celebrate a great year in music than to look back at all tunes that have been the soundtrack to 2018. SoundCloud have released The 2018 SoundCloud Playback to summarise the music that made their year.

SoundCloud have released their year in review based on how the SoundCloud community have listened to music in 2018. According to SoundCloud the most popular genres throughout the year for tags were ‘synthwave’ and ‘phonk’ whilst Two Friends released the top DJ set.

SoundCloud playback 2018 year in review summary streaming music

Top Artist

Juice WRLD swept 2018 with most likes, reposts and streams.

Juice WRLD

Top track

And his track “Lucid Dreams” racked up the most plays.

Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams”

Top remix

Illenium and The Chainsmokers had the mix that wouldn’t quit.   

The Chainsmokers “Don’t Let Me Down (Illenium Remix)”

Top podcast

Bill Burr was your voice of choice.

Monday Morning Podcast

Top DJ set

#13 wasn’t unlucky for Two Friends Big Bootie Mix; they took the cake for first-rate crossfade.

2F Big Bootie Mix, Volume 13” by Two Friends

#tagswithbuzz

From phonk to deeptech, these were the top tags on your tracks.

Synthwave, #SCFIRST, Phonk, Chillhop, Deeptech, Afrohouse, Retrowave, Melodictechno

Longest reign on the New & Hot chart

Lil Skies got comfy on the charts with the most consecutive weeks spent topping New & Hot. Next up, world domination?

Lil Skies “Creeping (feat. Rich The Kid)[prod. by Menoh Beats]”

Buzziest drops

These tracks spiked in under a day with the most condensed amount of 24-hour plays.

May 25: Drake drops “Duppy Freestyle

May 29: Pusha-T drops “The Story of Adidon

September 19: Lil Peep and XXX Tentacion “Falling Down” drops

2019 Artists to Watch

Get these creators on your radar, wherever you are.

mobilegirl

Thutmose

Duendita

Octavian

Leaf

JEVON

Ashnikko

Pink $weat$

Chloe Lilac

Rosalía

Tierra Whack

Clairo

Teflon Sega

Ruuth

Lil Mosey

Ama Lou

Pardison Fontaine

Gunna

Yaeji

*The above information was compiled based on indicators and actions taken from across the SoundCloud community including streams, likes, reposts, and shares.

How did your music do in 2018? Spotify Wrapped has you covered

2018 has been the most incredible year for music streaming ever, both for artists and for listeners. Find out how your music has done on Spotify with Wrapped 2018 for Artists.

2018 year has been an immense year for streaming with more people around the world streaming music than ever before. There’s no better time to have your music online and we’re seeing more and more artists uploading their music to Spotify and all of the other great streaming services all the time.

Spotify have an early Christmas present for artists, wrapping up their year in music. As we head towards a new year with fresh new music and opportunities Spotify have launched Wrapped for Artists in their Spotify for Artists platform. It offers up a platter of info on who’s been listening, how many people have been listening and more so you can easily see your music’s year in Spotify.

To access your own Artist Wrapped log into your Spotify for Artists account which you can access either on mobile or from a computer. If you haven’t claimed your artist profile before then what are you waiting for?! It’s free and simple and you can do it here: artists.spotify.com/c/access/artist. As long as more than three listeners have listened to your music before October 31st then your year is ready and waiting, Wrapped for you.

Spotify for Artists is a platform that allows you to see how your music is doing all year round with detailed analytics on which of your songs are working, fan hours streamed, year-over-year comparisons and more. In addition, Spotify for Artists lets you customise your artist profile like the images, biography as well as choose your Artists’ Pick – a song features at the top of your profile, and much more.

Share your Spotify Wrapped with your fans and have a Happy Holidays! Here’s to another amazing year of streaming in 2019.

Amazon Alexa now talks back to help you choose your music

Alexa can do a lot but back and forth conversations are new to Amazon Music so you can naturally find exactly the music you’re looking for.

Amazon Music have updated how Alexa works on their music streaming service to make listening more natural with Alexa refining your choices. The new Amazon Alexa can chat with users in a back-and-forth conversation so you can narrow down what playlist you want to listen to as well as telling Alexa whether you like or dislike songs that you’re listening to so she remembers.

Alexa has long been the perfect companion to music streaming, able to play music based on moods, genres and even lyrics when you tell her to. Now Alexa can provide an even more personal streaming experience with interaction that makes it easier to find exactly the playlist that you’re looking for.

Amazon Music’s director of product, Kintan Brahmbhatt said: “It’s a paradigm shift because you’re getting into conversations. Before, customers would ask Alexa to do something and Alexa would respond with music. Today, we’re shifting into deep personalisation and Alexa will have an interactive conversation with the customer. The vision and the mission is to provide a very magical and simple customer experience when it comes to discovering music and enjoying music.”

To get started with the new features users can say: “Alexa, help me find a playlist,” “Alexa, help me find music for a holiday party,” or “Alexa, help me find dinner music.” Alexa can find playlists based on mood, tempo, genre or occasion and is now capable of refining your choice using her own new powers of analytical elimination.

Alexa’s no prude and is capable of having a laugh as well. When you’re talking to her she will interject with personality adding jokes or comments to keep things interesting whilst whittling down your music choices.

TechCrunch have played around with the new features and offered some examples of how the new feature works:

Me: Alexa, help me find a holiday playlist.
Alexa: Amazon Music has a ton of merry, merry good playlists. Let’s find the right one for you. Were you thinking any vibe in particular? Relaxed or upbeat, perhaps?
Me: Relaxed.
Alexa: Relaxing sounds good. Here’s one of my more popular Christmas playlists, Christmas Choirs.
[A sample of the playlist’s music begins]
Alexa: Will that work?
Me: Let’s do something else.
Alexa: Alright. Try this.
[Another playlist begins]
Alexa: An Irish Christmas. How about that?
Me: Nah. Something else.
Alexa: Okay. You might like this.
[A third playlist begins]
Alexa: Christmas Oldies. Will that work?
Me: Okay, that’s cool.
Alexa: Great. Happy Holidays.
[Music plays]

Any Alexa powered device playing Amazon Music can now chat with you about your music. Amazon say that in the near future they plan for Alexa to be able to recommend music as well.