Rap and it’s collaborators

March 6, 2006 at 5:13 pm 2 comments

Rap Collaboration Network Explanation

Paper from MIT on the small world of Rappers working together.

Apparently Common’s problem is that he doesn’t collaborate enough. Snoop Dog is

right in the middle as a major point. While the paper doesn’t claim to correalate with records

sold Mastah Killah and Ghost Face of the Wu-Tang are the big connects along with the GZA.

Smaller artists with lower sales on the edges of the map. While Chuck D does appear way out

there on the Wu-Tang map most of the people on the edge are smaller acts. Interestingly Prefuse

73 has 3 connects from his work Ghostface and Masta Killa putting him pretty close to rap’s big names

these days. 


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  • 1. dignifieddevil  |  March 6, 2006 at 5:18 pm

    even more interestingly


    Rap is a pretty tight-nit world with the average rapper only 2.9 steps away from each other. In other words hip-hop artists can communicate ideas faster than phsycists.

  • 2. dignifieddevil  |  March 6, 2006 at 5:23 pm

    The diffusion of connections in a network
    determines the distribution of wealth, meaning that becuase hip-hop folks collaborate more than most networks they also spread wealth around more.
    If the average American was only 2.9 connections away from another person then our incomes would be distributed more evenly. Or at least so the small world model of income distribution predicts.


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