Wired breaks it down for us exactly why they love the Massive Map of Hip-Hop Monikers:
Thing is, the hip-hop name game is a mess. There’s innumerable Lil Thises and a million Big Thats, with a few Slim Somethings thrown in for good measure. After a while, they all sort of blend into one blurry size-related adjective. Cue Pop Chart Lab. The prolific infographic producers have boiled it down for us, neatly mapping the moniker landscape into a manageable chart that looks a lot like a tangled family tree full of the offspring begotten from a house party where sizzurp was the only drink on hand.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that MC’s love to drop mics. But perhaps less known is their predilection to drop Mikes (or more formally, Michaels) into the lyrics of their songs.
Behold here “A History of Rappers Referencing Michaels,” an xy diagram chronicling hip hop’s secret obsession with guys named Mike, from The King of Basketball (Michael Jordan) to the King of Pop (Michael Jackson) to that guy who played Austin Powers (Mike Myers).
And for more rap-related linguistic scholarship, check out our Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names and our Magnificent Map of Rap Names.
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