How often do rappers name-check classical music?

Rap Genius’s Rap Stats page tracks references in hip hop. For example, if you’re wondering how often MCs name-check Cristal, Dom Perignon and d’Ussé, now you know.

Frequency of use of three refreshing beverages in rap music.
Frequency of use of three refreshing beverages in rap music.

Funnily enough, classical music gets mentioned more often than you might think. Here’s the breakdown.

How often to MCs mention classical music? More often than you think.
How often do MCs mention classical music? More often than you think.

For whatever reason, “orchestra” floats in and out of existence. “Classical” has been a bit more steady over the years, and “symphony” enjoys robust usage.

If those overall percentages look low, take heart in the fact that Rap Genius’s inventory of rap is extensive, and even some of the favorite tropes chart pretty low.

Three popular tropes — by no means the only ones — in hip hop.
Three popular tropes — by no means the only ones — in hip hop.
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