Some of you may remember the Jay Z Problometer from 2010.
The few of you that have ever had a dig around in my Flickr stream might also be familiar with the Rick Rubin Crazy Tree.
Well it’s time for an update, as it seems a lot has happened since those graphics were produced. As evidenced by this story in the NME:
Jay-Z has vowed to drop the word “bitch” from his lyrics after the birth of his daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
The rapper, who celebrated the birth of his first child with wife Beyonce earlier this month, has released a poem dedicated to his daughter in which he promises never to drop the word “bitch” again.
As with previous developments, I think this is a subject worthy of a little graphical dissection in order that we, the very many fans of mainstream gangster rap can get our heads around the rather complex matter.
As is made clear here, Fig. 1 shows from the weighting of the misogyny see saw that the prenatal Jay Z is generally inclined to drop the world bitch most, if not all of the time. Fig. 2 however shows how the simple addition of a baby switches the balance in favour of not dropping the word bitch ever again.
From the above graphic we can ascertain the mutual exclusivity of Jay Z fathering a child and the frequent and flippant droppage of the word bitch as a disrespectful term for a gender worthy of nothing beyond dismissal and/or disdain. Of course it also hints at the potential difficulty faced by Jay Z under this self imposed postnatal regime. Comparing the off-axis angle of his New York Yankees baseball cap in Fig 2 with its spirit level perfection in Fig 1 we can observe that our subject is more comfortable with the freedom of insult droppery permitted by his prenatal state.
If we are to put this into a wider context we of course need to look at how this decision fits in over a number of years, and how it effects those around him.
Displaying information in such a way allows patterns to become clear, and stories begin to emerge from the figures. From this chart one can ascertain, for instance, that there must have been four years of unpleasant and possibly rather awkward tension in the Z household. We know this as we can clearly see the four year period where the red line, (representing Jay Z’s usage of the word bitch) and the grey line (representing his marriedness to Beyonce Z (nee Knowles)) both run parallel in the 100% field.
Regarding Rick Rubin, if we refer back to the Rick Rubin Crazy Tree, following the correct path should the word bitch be removed from Jay Z’s vocabulary and therefore his most popular hit, we find that rather quickly Rick becomes less crazy for this one. It is by correlating all the information and allowing the graphics to complement each other that we can make reasonably accurate projections, such as the post 2012 path taken by Rick’s craziness according to Jay Z.
Unfortunately there isn’t sufficient data available to begin exploring the quality of gat patrol provided by his rap patrol, nor the likelihood of success by those foes wanting to ensure his casket’s closed.