Words That Rappers Never Use


The graph above shows how frequently the words "money," "cars," and "tickle" appear in rap songs. As you can see, the word "money" has gotten more popular since the '90s. The word "cars" is comparatively low but staying steady. The line for how frequently the word "tickle" gets used in rap, however, sits at the bottom of the chart, blending in with the line indicating zero. Basically, rappers don't use the word tickle.

The idea for this post was sparked by Lil Wayne's recent verse on YG's "My N***a" remix. Wayne says, "I be laughin' to the bank like the fuckin' money tickle." It was so odd to hear the word "tickle" in a rap song that we decided to use Rap Genius for an investigation into other words that rappers almost never use, and some examples of when they pop up. Have a look.

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  • Bucky Henry

    an interesting trend i caught on to: between 2000 and 2005 terms like “money” “bitches” and “hoes” went down. In this same time span, words such as “ocean” and “boat” went up. My gut feeling is that this was in wake of the country’s reactions to the 9/11 attacks. Money and bitches and hoes were no long as important, and more subtle feelings of desperation, lonely oceans and boats were slightly more prevalant. Id be interested to see if the trends in other words around that time (“free” “gun” “together” “unity”, etc), reflected this idea.

  • Rob J Hyland Monks

    Notice how the term ‘dog’ fell in popularity when DMX fell off? The oscillation in popularity of ‘hoes’ and ‘bitches’ over the last 25 years is rather intriguing, as Bucky points out.

  • bbrady

    humpty dance uses tickle :)

  • hip-hop

    Nas uses the word “owl” in If I Ruled The World

  • Antonio David Vergara

    “in the 69 my Humpty nose’ll tickle your rear.”

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