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Hip Hop Vernacular

ICYMI - we dropped a collaborative piece with The Pudding last week all about the vernacular of rap music. The project uses lyrics from over 500 rappers to find the words most characteristic of hip-hop as a genre. Given the overwhelming response to this project, we’ll be open sourcing some of our code and posting a more detailed write-up of our methodology on Medium. Look out for that later in the week.

Our Favorite Stuff

Trump Tax

Trump’s new tax plan, which he revealed last Wednesday, calls for a major overhaul of the current tax code. But what does that mean exactly? The New York Times breaks down the proposal into six digestible charts to help us better understand how it will impact Americans at all income levels.


The world lost a legend on June 3, 2016, when boxer and activist Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74. In this infographic, the quarterly magazine Delayed Gratification takes a look back at his storied career inside and outside of the ring. And quick plug: be sure to check out other infographics on Delayed Gratification’s blog for more beautiful data viz.

Puerto Rico Copy

Much has been made over the last few days about Trump’s response to the crisis in Puerto Rico and his jabs at San Juan’s mayor. Yet, as FiveThirtyEight’s Dhrumil Mehta shows, the aftermath of Hurricane Maria was drastically underreported up until this weekend. Digital media outlets and TV news shows alike were covering Maria much less than they did after Harvey and Irma made landfall.

Rhythm Of Food

Here’s one from the vault of time. Late last year, Google News Lab collaborated with acclaimed designer Moritz Stefaner on this project from the world of food. Using data from Google Search trends and FooDB, Stefaner and team illustrate how the popularity of various dishes, ingredients, and beverages fluctuate throughout the months of the year. See when interest in kale, moscow mules, and other foodie fads has peaked over the last decade.