A recent study conducted by data scientist Matt Daniels concluded that Aesop Rock has the largest vocabulary in hip hop, counting a little under 7,400 unique words in his songs. The top ten is also populated by the members of Wu-Tang Clan and Kool Keith. Read more to find out who landed at the bottom of the list.

Aesop Rock has the largest vocabulary in hip hop“The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop” is, for Matt Daniels, a field of study. It is also the name of his latest study, which reveals some juicy information regarding the originality in the world of rap. It turns out that Aesop Rock is the most creative rapper, having used 7,392 unique words in his texts. Second in line was GZA from Wu-Tang Clan, adding up 6,426 unique words. All the rappers in the top ten have used over 5,700 unique words in their songs.

Top 10 “Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop” – unique words:

1. Aesop Rock – 7,392

2. GZA – 6,426

3. Kool Keith – 6,238

4. Canibus – 5,991

5. Cunnin Lynguists – 5,971

6. RZA – 5,905

7. Wu-Tang Clan – 5,895

8. Roots – 5,803

9. Ghostface Killah – 5,774

10. Killah Priest – 5,737

According to Daniels, who based his study on the vocabulary of William Shakespeare, the world famous poet and play writer wouldn’t have earned a spot in the top ten. Shakespeare used 5,170 unique words in his work, which places him right before Nas (5,096) and after MF DOOM (5,204).

The data for the study, Daniels says, was collected from the first 35,000 lyrics of all 85 of the artists studied (including Shakespeare).

At the bottom of the list lay some pretty famous names:

1. DMX – 3,214 unique words

2. Too Short – 3,391

3. Drake – 3,522

4. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – 3,547

5. 50 Cent – 3,591

6. Master P; Salt-n-Pepa – 3,612

7. Petey Pablo – 3,616

8. Juvenile – 3,630

9. Young Jeezy – 3,650

10. Wiz Khalifa – 3,707