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Ever wondered what words rappers like using the most in their lyrics? Well consider that question answered as we take a look at the evolution of hip-hop lyrics throughout the past 25 years. Thanks to Rap Genius for the graphs.
In the battle of the three Ms, it's the Maybach that has grown to be every rappers' favourite car of choice to drop into their lyrics.
Throughout the past 25 years, the raps rivalries between the East and West Coasts has dominated hip-hop lyrics, but it is the West Coast that has found itself mentioned more frequently in rap music, particularly in the 1990s thanks to the likes of Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg.
Now Jay Z's rocking 'Tom Ford', everyone's talking about the British designer, but as the graph shows, there was no evidence of him in hip-hop lyrics before 2005.
Now that we've establish rappers' favourite car, what's their favourite accessory for their ride? Well, while furry dice have remained consisted through the past 25 years, supped up rims are on the wane after being the must-have accessory throughout the 1990s and early part of this century.
While Britney was the pop star everyone made reference to at the start of the 21st Century, everybody's favourite celebrity of the moment is Kim Kardashian. But as the graph suggests, the future wife of Kanye West's star would appear to be falling.
While the 1990s were good for Sega, it's star fell sharply at the turn of the century. But as the graph suggests, the games console is making a retro comeback.
As two of the biggest stars in the history of sport, Michael Jordan and Mike Tyson have not gone unnoticed by the hip-hop community, which spat lyrics about them in equal measures in the 1990s when both stars were at their peak. But the graph suggests that Jordan remains the strongest touch point for hip-hop.
No only does Jordan KO Tyson, he's also the most popular sportsman mentioned in rap lyrics when compared to some of his modern day peers.
Finally, we can officially say that rappers have far more money than problems... Notorious B.I.G's 'Mo Money No Problems' was right all along!
Unsurprisingly, Biggie and 2pac were at their highest in the mid-90s, but while references to them in rap lyrics has fallen, they still remain hugely popular and on a consistent trend.
After taking a dip at the star of 21st century, the Rolex is officially on its way back.
Turntables were like the latest iPod at the end of the 1980s - no record was complete without a nod to the now iconic music player. But the start of 21st century and dawn of music downloads has seen rappers switch their lyrical references to MP3s.
We've all seen how proud rappers are of their cribs, but who knew that they were so keen on dropping their kitchen into their lyrics. Shout out to Gucci Mane and DJ Khaled who both have tracks that big up their kitchen!
Thanks to Snoop Dogg, Gin and Juice were big terms in hip-hop in the 1990s, but the graph suggests that the rapper was almost single-handedly keeping them relevant.
While many rappers have endorsed Obama in public, on record the story is very different. Bill Clinton remains the most popular modern day president in rap lyrics, with 1994 being his strongest year. And while Obama was big when he took over as president, his popularity in lyrics is falling and he still hasn't touched the heights of George W Bush.
In the late 90s and early 21st century, you couldn't find a rap song that didn't have a nod to Cristal, but the champagne is no longer hot in hip-hop lyrics.
Despite starting the century off strong, references to Eminem's real name Marshall Mathers have remained on one level throughout the decade in comparison to Kanye's Yeezy nickname.