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Statistical History of Swearing in Rap

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If there's one thing that rap music really does seem to like, it's swearing.

And one man, Andrew Powell-Morse, has taken the time to compile a full and comprehensive study analysing the use of curse words in popular rap albums from 1985 through to 2013.

Our top 3 findings are below; for the full report, head on over to the besttickets.com blog.

1. Tupac is the proud owner of the two most profane hip hop albums in history, while Dr Dre notches up 2 appearances in the top 10 (3 including his contribution to NWA, 4 if you also include the D12 record).

2. Geto Boys take the top spot for the most profane artist ever, with member Scarface taking the runners-up prize with his solo work, clocking up staggering averages of 46.4 and 33.3 swears per song. Given the Geto Boys' clear win, you could argue that Scarface seriously toned it down when he was on his own.

3. There's was a steady increase in profanity from the birth of rap, up to a 'high' point of 2001. There's been a slight overall decline since then, but we're currently in a midpoint within this trend. So it doesn't look like swearing is going anywhere any time soon. Thank f**k for that.

(Images: Andrew Powell-Morse/Rex)

[via Gawker]

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