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Hip-Hop Out-Charted Pop By 227 Weeks in 2017

It may come as no surprise, but hip-hop was the most popular genre of music in 2017, by an impressive margin. It was reported earlier in th...



Every Australian Lolly, Ranked

Does your favourite make the list? 61 of Australia's traditional lollies have been put in their place. From Chicos to Sherbies to the famous Killer Python.


Every Current Cadbury Product, Ranked (Australia)

Cadbury have released some very questionable products. Vegemite chocolate? That weird blend of dark and milk chocolate? What is their current best product on sale?


40 Condiments Ranked From Worst to Best

Did you know that most wasabi in Australia is just horseradish? Well, they both suck. But the top 10 is the holy grail of condiments.


Comprehensive Ranking of Cakes

38 of your favourite cakes ranked from worst to best. Find out why the Croquembouche looks like the leg of a Gorilla, and how much pineapple can ruin even the most delicious mix of flour and butter and eggs.


Ranking of Traditional Pub Grub

Wednesday is officially pub meal day, get in the mood with these local legends, from the $10 schnitzel to the classic mixed grill.


30 Things You Might Have Forgotten About Growing Up In NSW

Don't step on the cracks, Happy Harold was life, and Red Rattler's didn't have doors?


Ranking of Australian Fast Food Outlets

Featuring a genuine surprise at number 1.


Top 10 Natural Peanut Butter Brands In Australia


The Most Comprehensive Guide to Sydney Record Stores, Part 1

The Most Comprehensive Guide to Sydney Record Stores, Part 2 

Australian Arnott's Biscuits, Ranked

10 Best Food Stores In Sydney

Australian Breakfast Cereals, Ranked

Hip Hop Podcasts, Ranked

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Trends Jay-Z Ended (And The Ones He Didn't)

"Y'all on the Gram holdin' money to your ear / There's a disconnect, we don't call that money over here!" Lil Boosie need not worry, Jay has taken aim at a huge amount of trends over his career. Ask Cristal, Iceberg clothing, the BMW X5, throwback jerseys, major label deals, auto-tune, molly, and Timbs. There's more, and a full analysis on which he ended and which he couldn't.

There are so many incredible easter eggs on Jay's 2017 album 4:44. Did you know he throws back to "Snoopy Track" on "Marcy Me"? That he references his collab with Eminem, "Renegade", on "Bam"? And he actually makes mention of his 1997 video "Sunshine (Always Be My)" on "Caught Their Eyes", which is odd, since that video did untold damage to Jay's reputation in 1997. There are plenty more, you will learn something if you read on. 

An in-depth look at Ambient in 2017, which Gas, Max Corbacho, Christopher Willits, The Caretaker, and heaps more albums and pieces of music reviewed.

Rick Ross, Jamiroquai, Actress, 2 Chainz, Flaming Lips, Austra, T.I., all these artists had incredible deep cuts available by mid-2017. This playlist I've compiled is high-quality, click through for the full list and the link. 

Every credited artist is represented, with an accompanying narrative on how and why they appeared on Jay-Z's 13 and most person album 4:44. 

Even Kingdom Come...

Placebo have been known for debauchery, for heavy rock, for wearings dresses on stage, and for copious consumption. Rarely is their song-writing spoken of with as much awe as their off-record antics, but their 4th album is quintessential Placebo, a wonderful watermark combining their early combative nature, their penchant for experiments, and Brian's vivid story-telling. 

Which Australian rapper do you know saved all their money and moved to Miami at age 16 with a dream to be a rapper? Which rapper got absolutely dragged for 3 years then dropped "Mo Bounce"? Which rapper didn't acquiesce to gatekeepers by retiring and returning home with bank balance intact? Iggy. No other Australian rapper. But why? Read on...

Head back in time to discover which of the big three contributors to Jay's classic 2001 album pioneered the sped-up soul that so consumed mainstream rap in the early 2000s. 

Around 2005-2006, Jay Z, as president of Def Jam, made a play to sign Lil Wayne. It never eventuated. Jay's side of the story, told to The Breakfast Club in 2013, places the blame for the failed deal squarely on the table of Birdman, the head of Cash Money Records, the label that discovered and signed Wayne. Would Wayne have prospered at Def Jam with Jay? Would we have received so much free music from Weezy? Quality control, Young Money, leaks, and legacy are all explored

Come check out Jay's prowess at cycling, boxing, basketball, tennis, American football, martial arts, runnings, golf, and motorsport. 

Missy Elliott, Limp Bizkit, Ja Rule, Nelly, or 50 Cent?

Why is this one label so obsessed with Jay-Z? Nicki, Wayne and Drake have all explicitly compared themselves to Jay-Z in some way during their career. This article deals with the accuracy of those claims, fact-checking. 

Are you a Drink Champs Army member, a Rap Radar enthusiast, or a Tax Season alumni? RIP to the legend Combat Jack. He was a pioneer. 

By The Numbers

Tracking Jay-Z's Transition From Player to Family Man Via His 320 Lyrical Beyoncé Lyrical References

By The Numbers: Every Single Name-Drop By The Game (Studio Albums)

By The Numbers: Soundtracks Have Increased 300% In the Chart Since Frozen

The Most Successful Hip-Hop Soundtracks of All Time

By The Numbers: How Often Does Kanye West Perform On His Own Beats?

The Numbers Behind Murda Beatz and CuBeatz, The Two Producers Who Helped Soundtrack 2017

By The Numbers: A Breakdown Of Every Grammys "Album Of The Year" Category Since 1986

Hip-Hop's Next Generation of Super-Producers: Louis Bell and Frank Dukes, A Statistical Analysis of Their 2017

Only one producer had a more successful 2017 in hip-hop than Louis Bell: Metro Boomin. And only Metro Boomin spent longer in the Billboard top 20 than Frank Dukes when it comes to hip-hop producers. They are now both working closely with Camila Cabello, and her debut album is doing incredibly well. Check out the journey from obscurity to popular obscurity via their numbers.

By The Numbers: Dave Chappelle's Measurable Impact On The Careers Of His Musical Guests (Kanye, Killer Mike, Lil Jon, And More)

This is part two of my analysis on the impact Chappelle's Show had on hip-hop culture. It's incredible to see the direct impact of appearing on the show. Kanye's backpack phase was launched into the mainstream thanks to his performance of "The Food" with Common in 2004, Lil Jon actually credits the show for his spike in popularity, and artists like Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe and The Roots all experienced success directly after appearing. Check out the full analysis, included Killer Mike's time in the Billboard charts.

By The Numbers: How Often Does Lil Wayne Say Pussy In His Career? (Updated)

It's the article that launched this blog! And I've updated it to include all of 2017, included Dedication 6, and come up with that nifty infographic above. Every single Lil Wayne track and feature verse and hook is included, this is the most comprehensive list ever compiled of Wayne's Pussy obsession.

By The Numbers: Dave Chappelle's Lasting Impact on Lyrical Content Visualized

Chappelle's impact on hip-hop culture is no more evident than in the lyrics the show inspired via the oft-quoted classic sketches. Using Genius' lyrical database, Chappelle's direct impact on lyrical content can be measured. Chappelle's Show first aired in January 2003, and season 2 ended in April 2004.

By The Numbers: Cardi B Has Out-Performed Every Other Rapper on the Hot 100 in the last Six Months

Cardi has spent 42% longer in the Billboard Hot 100 top 20 than her nearest rival Quavo. She's also spent 10 weeks longer inside the top 10 than Post Malone, a certified chart juggernaut himself. Read the article to find out which of her songs have been the most successful thus far.

Hip-Hop Out-Charted Pop by 227 Weeks in 2017

2017 is the year that Hip-Hop emphatically became the most popular genre in the United States. A huge turn-around from 2016, a year in which Pop and R&B both out-charted Rap. The article lists weeks in the Billboard top 20 for each genre, weeks in the top 10, weeks at number one, and lists the most successful records and songs in each genre. It also compares 2016 to 2017.

By The Numbers: Lil Wayne's Mixtape Remixes Have Coincided With 325 Dropped Places on the Hot 100

Why do they call Lil Wayne the Rapper Eater? What is Mixtape Weezy? And why exactly have songs that Lil Wayne remixes lost so many places on the Hot 100, and gained so few? This article is the closest we will get to a definitive answer.


By The Numbers: Revival is Eminem's Least Explicit Album Since Infinite

Revival looks set to be Eminem's wost-received album since Infinite. His 2017 record sold the least amount first week of any of his major label records, and it features the least amount of swear words (1.05%) since that underground debut. It's also his third least violent, and his least violent since Encore. What is Eminem's favourite swear word of all time? Read on!


By The Numbers: Eminem Has Become a Pop Rapper With Revival 

Revival is 19.5% pop, with 7 pop features, and without a single rap verse from anyone other than Eminem. It's not even his most pop-laden album, but as his pop-percentage has increased, his critical reception has faltered. And does Eminem still spit bars? Let's run the numbers.


By The Numbers: 2017 Pitchfork Review Statistics (Vs. 2010-2016)

Which genre had the lowest average review score in 2017 on Pitchfork? Bet you didn't say "hip-hop". How about the highest? Jazz? This article dives deep into Pitchfork's 2017 statistics, comparing review scores across all genres, how often genres are reviewed, which were the highest and lowest reviewed projects, and, thanks to Nolan Conway, a comparison between 2017's figures and the period 2010-2016. Read on! 


By The Numbers: Post Malone Has Out-Charted Every Lead Hip-Hop Artist and Group in 2017

Just how good was 2017 for Post Malone? He outc-harted Future, Migos, Kendrick, Drake, and 21 Savage, with Stoney spending a staggering 48 weeks in the Billboard 200. "Congratulations" also endured, propelling him into the same realm as Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. Read on for a full analysis. 


By The Numbers: Nicki Minaj Is The Most Successful Female Rapper Of All Time

Nicki has been claiming this title for years, so it was prudent to fact-check her and settle the debate once and for all. While she takes the crown, it isn't as clear-cut. Lauryn Hill has sold more records, Missy Elliott has more Hot 100 top 10s, and it's Missy who has won the hearts of the critics. Read on for the full breakdown and explanation. 


By The Numbers: The Lifespan of the Modern Batsman 

So NSW drops Ed Cowan at age 35, only for Australia to pick Shaun Marsh at age 34? Age is nothing but a number until age 40, according to the statistics. The article also scratches under the Sheffield Shield surface to discover why Australian batting stocks have been so depleted of late. The Futures League has a lot to answer for. 

By The Numbers: 50 Cent Didn't Kill New York Hip-Hop, but did Kanye and Ebro? 

Ebro and 50 Cent go back and forth on who "killed" rap in New York during the mid-2000s. This analysis tracks that death through chart position and sales of singles and albums from the region, and looks at the exact year when success in the city began to tail off. And it coincides with Kanye West's famous sales battle with 50 Cent in 2007. The argument that 50 killed it by not working with local rappers is debunked.


By The Numbers: The Peak and Death of Hip-Hop in New York (Method)

The typical method behind these in-depth articles.


By The Numbers: Tidal Does More For Music Than Spotify And Apple Music Combined

It seems like every week a new article is written deriding Tidal over some perceived (rarely objective) flaw. This article doesn't look at the why, it looks at how damaging it is to music culture to attack Tidal. Spotify and Apple Music seem impervious at times, yet combined they don't even do as much for the culture as Tidal does. Check the entire list of Tidal's achievements and contributions. 


By The Numbers: How Often Do Rappers Mention Themselves? 

The sister to the article that launched this blog into the stratosphere. Click through to find out some statistics on just how often Nicki Minaj mentions herself on wax, a breakdown of the self-mentions from the two artists on the list you'd expect to be ego-driven (Kanye and Jay), a look at third person mentions, and the bottom and top 15 songs and albums with regards to self-mentions. 


By The Numbers: How Often Do Rappers Mention Themselves? (Hard Stats) 

Fantano approved! Just who is the most egotistical rapper? It isn't Kanye. It is Nicki! This article ranks 11 artists based on how often they mention themselves over the course of their careers (albums only). Artists in the analysis: Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Chance The Rapper, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Big Sean, Drake, Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky, J. Cole and Future.


By The Numbers: Ageism In Hip-Hop Doesn't Exist

50 Cent, Andre 3000, Drake, and Young Thug are just some of the rappers who have put an age limit on rap. As a new genre, it's not commonplace for middle aged rappers to achieve mainstream success. But is it real or imagined? The kids might have stop listening to Jay-Z post-Kingdom Come, but this analysis proves that relevance and mainstream success doesn't dip until at least 49, and the sample size is so small at that end it's not significant. Read on for a full analysis. 

By The Numbers: Did Lil Wayne's Obsession With Pussy Hurt His Career? 

Every. Single. Lil Wayne. Song. Feature. Loosie. Remix. Etc. Etc. in his career, current to mid-2017. How often does Wayne rap pussy? And does an increase in pussy mentions signal a drop in critical reception? Which albums and year is his most pussy prolific? Check out the article!


Lamington crowned the most iconic Australian afternoon tea snack

In an exhaustive survey conducted over a 3 year period, 20,000 Australian's of all demographic groups have unanimously voted the Lamington as the most iconic afternoon tea sweet treat. Beating off a lacklustre challenge from the Tim Tam, and a non-start from both the finger bun and the neenish tart, Lamington gained a whopping 80% of the vote, with some pundits claiming that a perceived lack of availability makes it all the more special.

"Baker's Delight, Breadtop, Pie Face... None of these establishments regularly stock a Lamington. When someone whips one out at arvo tea, you know they've made the effort to visit Woolworth's and pick up a 20 pack for 8 bucks." said Joe, a Sydney bakery owner.

"We've been stocking Lamingtons since we stole them from New Zealand. We even have a gluten-free version. We sell it with a small paper plate because it's got the consistency of sand, but customers seem to love it."

The Lamington remains largely untouched by zeitgeist food trends of the Instagram generation, with only cursory attempts made at a Lamington Cronut (nicknamed the Cramington, and as ugly as its name), although Lamington Gelato has snuck onto the radar.

However, one burning question this study hasn't managed to answer is this: fill with cream or leave it be?


Tracking Jay-Z's Transition From Player to Family Man Via His 320 Lyrical Beyoncé Lyrical References

By The Numbers: 50 Cent didn't kill New York Hip-Hop, but did Kanye and Ebro?


Tracking Jay-Z's Transition From Player to Family Man Via His 320 Lyrical Beyoncé Lyrical References

By The Numbers: Every Single Name-Drop By The Game (Studio Albums)

By The Numbers: Soundtracks Have Increased 300% In the Chart Since Frozen

The Most Successful Hip-Hop Soundtracks of All Time

By The Numbers: How Often Does Kanye West Perform On His Own Beats?

The Numbers Behind Murda Beatz and CuBeatz, The Two Producers Who Helped Soundtrack 2017

By The Numbers: A Breakdown Of Every Grammys "Album Of The Year" Category Since 1986

Hip-Hop's Next Generation of Super-Producers: Louis Bell Was The 2nd Most Successful Rap Producer in 2017, and Frank Dukes Isn't Far Behind

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