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 searching the database for some specific terms from the show ("Chappelle", "Fuck yo couch", "I'm rich bitch", "Dylan", "Rick James"), spikes and increases in usage can be found and measured. All of these terms experienced an increase in usage immediately after the show aired.
Odd Future - "Oldie" (Pot head, half-baked, looking like Chappelle)
The use of “Chappelle” rose during the period the show was being aired. It tapered off quickly while Dave took his sabbatical, then steadied when he returned to public life around 2010.
Cassidy - “Aim 4 The Head” (Ain't shit changed, like Rick James I'm rich bitch)
The legacy of the show is more than these simple cathphrases, and a future article will explore the lasting impact that Chappelle had on the careers of the musicians that featured on his show. Music was very much a part of Chappelle's career in the mid-2000s, and his lasting relevance and the continued popularity of his comedy (highlighted by his recent work with Netflix) reveals something deeper at the core of his published work, a connection with his audience that goes beyond entertainment. Even if Dave does retire from stand-up and the public eye, these statistics will remain as proof of just how influential he is and has been on hip-hop culture, a culture that is currently the most dominant and popular in North America.