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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Culture: Pass the mic!

Reginald Smith, a MIT grad student, mapped the collaborations of the top 55 rappers in the nation - "the small world of the rap community made large."

I came across this the other day while I was flipping through the Feb/Mar 2006 issue of Seed Magazine. My initial reaction was disbelief that some of the best and the brightest math minds of the country are spending time tracing the lines of loyalty and respect through the rap/hip-hop community signified by the collaborative effort. But with a closer inspection, it's incredible to realize the myriad of cross-overs there are in a sphere where the entourage rules. And even more interesting is to see who makes up those central nodes, and who is the true hub of the hip-hop universe. Why play "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" when you can play "Two Degrees of Fat Joe"?


AKI SYSTEMS 2600 said...

this is fresh. u got a link to the full site/chart?

megmeister said...

The Feb/Mar issue hasn't been uploaded yet to the seed's site. When it goes up - I'll forward the link. Otherwise, pass you the mag when I'm done.

El Gaffney said...

speaking of rapper and entourage crossovers... this woman's been all over the place - from tyra banks' talk show to a vh1 special -

i'd rather figure out how to connect skee-lo with bubba sparxxx anyday though.

a better link for rap and college football fans - which means maybe one person in our dept...