Rappers, Ranked By Vocabulary Size [v2.0]

Back in May, data scientist Matt Daniels crunched some numbers to determine which rapper has the largest vocabulary in hip hop. Now, Daniels is back with a brand new version of the chart that incorporates 20 additional artists renown for their expansive command of language.
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The New TMNT Movie Rap Song Has Nothing To Do With Vanilla Ice

I don't mean that as a judgment, just a statement of fact. "Shell Shocked," the new song accompanying the new live-action Ninja Turtles movie, was composed by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign and produced by Kill The Noise and Madsonik. And it's pretty damned good. » 7/21/14 6:00pm 7/21/14 6:00pm

When The TMNT Rap-Battle Their Renaissance Namesakes, Everybody Wins

Well, except the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Because in this season 3 finale of "Epic Rap Battles of History," the original Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo completely kick turtle ass. It's — dare I say it? — a masterpiece. » 7/14/14 6:00pm 7/14/14 6:00pm

The Rap Ode To Hulk Hands You Never Knew You Needed

I can't even tell you how much I love this music video. Because truly, there is no greater, more universal sign of professional and financial success than wearing enormous green foam fists on your hands. » 7/02/14 7:00pm 7/02/14 7:00pm

The Roots Rap About Harry Potter And We Want MORE

On last night's Tonight Show, Tariq Trotter of the Roots used his rhyming skills to tell the tale of Harry Potter. Okay, now we need an album's worth of these covering the events of all seven books. » 6/19/14 9:20am 6/19/14 9:20am

Here's the entire Game of Thrones rap album for your listening pleasure

Yep, Catch the Throne is pretty good. But it turns out I'm a sucker for songs with "Fuck the Lannisters" in the lyrics. » 3/07/14 10:22am 3/07/14 10:22am

First track from the Game of Thrones rap album is actually pretty good

Yesterday, we told you that HBO was releasing an album of rap songs inspired by Game of Thrones, and we had a nice chuckle at the incongruity of it all. But now HBO has released the first song from said album — "King Slayer" by Wale — and damn if it isn't kind of awesome. Listen to it here! » 3/06/14 12:30pm 3/06/14 12:30pm

Much like winter, an official Game of Thrones rap album is coming

This Friday, HBO will release Catch the Throne, an official album of 10 rap tracks all about and inspired by the world and characters of Game of Thrones. I have no idea how to feel about this. » 3/05/14 10:00am 3/05/14 10:00am

Cobra debuts its dopest weapon in its war on GI Joe, the Rap Viper

Actually, this is the great new music video from rapper Wordburglar, "Rap Viper," off his new GI Joe-themed album Welcome to Cobra Island. But it should be real, if only because it's not even close to the least ludicrous soldier Cobra employs. I'm looking at you, Big Boa. » 1/13/14 7:00pm 1/13/14 7:00pm

What's going on inside the brains of musicians while they improvise?

Watching a skilled musician improvise a piece, you almost feel as though he or she is plucking the notes straight from thin air. Fortunately, science has given us a few clues as to what's actually going on inside the brains of musicians who are improvising. » 10/14/13 11:41am 10/14/13 11:41am

Hip-Hop From the Future: Inside Deltron's First New Record Since 2000

In May of 2000 three legends of hip-hop formed a supergroup and created something nobody saw coming: A futuristic, sci-fi rap album. Over the years, Deltron 3030 has developed an almost fanatical cult following. The long awaited sequel—officially released today—is likely to do the same. » 10/01/13 5:17pm 10/01/13 5:17pm

Finally: An epic, original science rap that's actually really good

Science raps have this habit of being forgivably bad, in that this-isn't-really-a-rap-but-we'll-let-it-slide-because-you're-scientists-and-you're-clearly-trying sort of way. But this original piece from Jabari Johnson, a senior at Harlem Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts, needs no such pardon. » 7/09/13 8:40am 7/09/13 8:40am

The exclusive debut of Adam Warrock's new BSG music video “Galactica”

Nerdcore rapper Adam Warrock has sung about everything from Firefly to Marvel's West Coast Avengers comics, and now we can add the new Battlestar Galactica series to his oeuvre. He's just released an 8-song EP inspired by the original miniseries, and io9 is proud to debut the first track and music video, "Galactica." » 7/02/13 8:20am 7/02/13 8:20am

C-3PO is fluent in six million languages, but rap is not one of them

I have no idea why this 1986 Star Tours promo video of C-3PO rapping (specifically, rapping terribly) has been coursing through the Interwebs today, but far be it from me to fail to inflict such pain share such a delight with you guys. Although in all fairness to the protocol droid, he's gotten better since then. » 7/01/13 7:40am 7/01/13 7:40am

Jon Snow and Ygritte make a sex joke-laden rap video

The Electric Pancakes' Flo Rida-parodying rap video "Wildlings" (Jon Snow, ft. Ygritte) is an inspired bit of fan silliness. The Game of Thrones sex jokes roll out at a mile a minute, and we'll never be able to think of poor Qhorin Halfhand the same way again. » 4/21/13 11:30am 4/21/13 11:30am

90-year-old Stan Lee is a parkour master with his own theme song,…

Stan Lee has done plenty in his 90 years on this planet Earth, but now you can add "parkour master" to his titles of "creator of some of the greatest comics characters of all time" and "movie cameo star." Watch Stan jump, roll and climb his way through L.A. with skills that would even inpress Spider-Man. » 3/14/13 10:30am 3/14/13 10:30am

Tesla gets his revenge on Thomas Edison through the "power" of rap

Epic Rap Battles of History has finally gotten around to the most important scientific feud of all time. I was afraid Edison's savvy business sense and promotional skills would lead him to having the doper rhymes, but I feel like Tesla really pulled it out at the end. Oh, if only the real Tesla had been so lucky! » 3/12/13 11:30am 3/12/13 11:30am

Oh, it's just the Stark kids rapping the Game of Thrones opening credits

Last year, the entire Internet was delighted by Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead-Wright — Arya, Sansa and Bran Stark, respectively — singing their version of the Game of Thrones opening credits in a DVD/Blu-ray commentary track. Well, the season 2 Blu-ray/DVD is coming out next month, and I'm… » 1/09/13 6:20am 1/09/13 6:20am

The most epic rap battle of Middle-Earth is between Gollum and Smeagol,…

When Gollum/Smeagol hasn't been busy thinking up riddles, he's clearly been working on his rhymes and his bass-dropping skills. As such, this wonderful rap battle music video between the two facets of his personality culminates in one of the grandest Hobbit parody vids I've seen for at least a week and a half.… » 1/01/13 8:30am 1/01/13 8:30am