Over at Rap Genius, they’ve built a clever little tool called Rap Stats, which indexes a a compendium of rap lyrics and allows just about anyone chart the frequency of just about anything over the last twenty-odd years of rap songs.
But as Rap Genius notes itself, the tool is much more than that and, in many ways, offers up a salient lens from which to view the last few decades in popular culture. The rise of the iPhone and the demise of Blackberry? The sudden boom of the club drug Molly? The ages-old debate surrounding the virtues of money, power, and respect? They’re all captured here in exquisite detail.
3. 2Pac vs Biggie
Proof that there’s really no right answer, here.
4. Glock vs AK-47
The Kalashnikov may be the weapon of choice for warlords, but the Glock won the 90’s and hasn’t really looked back.
5. Seinfeld vs Full House
Seinfeld eeks it out in the battle for #1 syndication status.
8. Twerking vs Grinding
Just you wait, Grinding. JUST. YOU. WAIT.
9. Republican vs Democrat
The current deadlock represented in this graph is the actual reason for the government shutdown. This is the only chart you need.
10. Shorty vs Shawty
Remember this so you know which one to use next time you call.
13. Burgers vs Pizza
How can this be right? Also: we’re a little worried about Pizza’s freefall and think it best watch its back.
15. California vs New York
CONCRETE JUNGLE WHERE DREAMS ARE MAAADE OF
16. Spinners vs Dubs
Remember Pimp My Ride, you guys? Remember that show?
19. Dick vs Pussy
Guaranteed to be the least sensitive graph you’ll see depicting the battle of the sexes.
20. Condom vs Rubber vs Jimmy
Doesn’t matter what you call it. What’s important is that you’re staying safe out there.
21. Marriage vs Break up
The heartbreaking erosion of modern love and the American family on display, right here.
23. Baby momma vs Baby daddy
Another one for the Moms.
Dads, you’re on notice.
27. iPhone vs Blackberry
A team of analysts couldn’t say it better.
29. iPod vs Zune
30. Super Nintendo vs Sega Genesis
Super Ninetendo rises from the ashes like a phoenix. Console Wars: EXPLAINED.