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