Hip Hop By Numbers #1

Hip Hop By Numbers

In the first of a new series, we take a look at the latest hip hop news and the numbers connected to them.

We always associate hip hop with words, sounds and even art but never numbers but they play a part, humorously or otherwise. Here are some rap stats to get your dome around.

  • 3/10 (or 10/3 for the Americans) – The date Black Thought, Talib Kweli and A$ap Rocky were born (1971, 1975 and 1988, respectively)
  • $200 – The amount Petey Pablo was paid to appear on hit TV show Empire as part of debt repayment by lead character Terrence Howard
  • 26% – That’s how much hip hop/R&B is streamed around the world in relation to all genres of music, according to the New York Times
  • 38,000,000 – Number of streams of Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp A Butterfly
  • 94 – The number of artists featured in The Periodic Table Of Hip Hop, a new book by Neil Kulkarni [via]
  • 40 – Number of minutes Childish Gambino sat on stage in Australia before performing before fans started booing [via]
  • 50,000 – The number of books Pharrell Williams will be donating to young readers in association with Young Penguin Readers [via]
  • 6 – The time in weeks Janet Jackson’s “No Sleeep” has stayed at #1 on Adult R&B Songs, becoming her longest-running #1 on the chart

About Luke Alex Davis

Luke Davis is a music producer and editor of music blog Sampleface. In his spare time, he enjoys watching tennis and football and reading.