Matt Daniels analyzed a slew of lyrical data to determine which hip hop artists have the biggest, most gargantuan, just plain staggering vocabularies. The winner, besting even Shakespeare himself? One Ian Matthias Bavitz, better know as Aesop Rock.
Perhaps best of all is Daniels’ explanation of his methodology right up at the top, in which readily acknowledges that this is far from a perfect test. Nevertheless, as he says, it’s still directionally interesting.