Hip Hop http://kut.org en Yeezy Or The Bard: Who's The Best Wordsmith In Hip-Hop? http://kut.org/post/yeezy-or-bard-whos-best-wordsmith-hip-hop William Shakespeare had a wildly extensive vocabulary. Of more than 800,000 total words in all of his works, almost 29,000 of them are unique.<p>Although impressive, there are a few rappers who give the Bard a run for his money. Data scientist Matt Daniels <a href="http://rappers.mdaniels.com.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/" target="_blank">charted the vocabularies</a> of hip-hop artists against Shakespeare and Herman Melville.<p>"This is not a serious academic study. Mon, 05 May 2014 21:50:37 +0000 NPR Staff 10355 at http://kut.org Yeezy Or The Bard: Who's The Best Wordsmith In Hip-Hop? 'Pay-to-Play' Booking Inside the Austin Hip Hop Scene http://kut.org/post/pay-play-booking-inside-austin-hip-hop-scene <p>If you were an emerging hip hop artist making beats in your bedroom and rapping with friends, would you pay $400 for a chance to perform on a stage before a nationally recognized rapper like <a href="https://twitter.com/ZROMOCITYDON">Z-Ro</a>? If you were a hip hop fan, would you feel ripped off if you bought tickets to a show and had to sit through hours of inexperienced rappers whose only qualification was having enough cash to get on stage?&nbsp;</p><p>Those are questions confronting Austin's hip hop scene with the rise of pay-to-play, <a href="http://ovrld.com/opinion/the-rise-of-pay-to-play/">writes Morgan Davis for the local music blog Ovrld.com</a>. The issue became particularly acute this past weekend when several people who <a href="http://Waka Flocka Flame">claimed to have paid to perform</a>&nbsp;at a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wakaflockabsm.com/"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Waka&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Flocka</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.wakaflockabsm.com/">&nbsp;Flame</a> show saw it<a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/music/2014-01-31/infest-shows-relocate-and-then-some/"> get canceled</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p>We invited Davis into KUT to talk about the issue of pay-to-play, which is scheduled to be discussed by the Austin Music Commission <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/cityclerk/boards_commissions/meetings/12_1.htm">tonight</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132919704&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:56:26 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9705 at http://kut.org 'Pay-to-Play' Booking Inside the Austin Hip Hop Scene