Charting the Popularity of Tech Through Hip-Hop Lyrics

Rap music is usually a pretty good marker of what's trendy—or what's going to be trendy in a few months. Maybe people were bragging about Sidekicks in the early aughts, but when did that drop off? RapGenius's new RapStats feature shows you.

For the uninitiated, RapGenius is a massive database of lyrics from hip hop songs, so there's plenty of material to go on, from Biggie Smalls to 2 Chainz and many lesser-knowns in between. Type in a word, and it will show you through the years how often the term has showed up in a songs. Separate terms by commas to see several words and phrases on the graph. AllThingsD kicked off the party by charting social media (below), but we thought we'd take a look at some other trends:

Charting the Popularity of Tech Through Hip-Hop Lyrics

Surprisingly, Friendster has almost no mentions at all. MySpace on the other hand peaked around 2007.

Charting the Popularity of Tech Through Hip-Hop Lyrics

Rap had a 2-way Rennaissance between 1999 and 2003.

Charting the Popularity of Tech Through Hip-Hop Lyrics

Rappers just don't have love for Escalades like they used to.

Charting the Popularity of Tech Through Hip-Hop Lyrics

Other consoles are still no match for Sega's popularity among rappers. Thanks Biggie.


Frankly, I'm having way too much fun with this. It's a pretty cool way to track trends, especially considering how deep RapGenius's database goes. Feel free to track your own and post 'em below. [RapStats via AllThingsD]