LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Rapper Eminem performs onstage at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo : Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Eminem may not be the richest rapper on the planet but he has the "densest" vocabulary among them all, a recent study found.
"Varun Jewalikar and Nishant Verma, who put the report together for the lyrics site Musixmatch, looked at 93 artists across 25 genres from pop to new age," CNN reported. "Using a list of 99 of the best-selling artists of all time, the pair compared 'across the 100 densest songs (by total number of words) that they have released.'"
The study, unfortunately, did not include Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, Def Leppard, Journey, The Beach Boys and The Doors as they weren't on Musixmatch due to a permission issue.
The study checked the number of unique words used in the song, as well as the "new word interval," which is the "number of words after which a new word is used."
"With an unprecedented 8,818 unique words used throughout his catalog, the natural-born wordsmith was pinned up against everyone from Bob Dylan to Def Leppard," Billboard noted. "Runners up were Jay Z, who came in at No. 2 with 6,899 words, Tupac below him at 6,569, Kanye West with 5,069, and last but certainly not least Dylan with 4,883."
Kenny G was at the bottom of the list, which is not surprising considering his instrument of choice - the saxophone.
The study had, as is obvious, aimed to "compare the vocabulary size of these musicians."
"There is a large variation of vocabulary size in the 93 top selling musicians and there is no overall correlation between the commercial success of a musician and their vocabulary size," the study's result said. "This analysis should not be interpreted as saying that one musician is better than the other, it is just another insight into the work of these amazing artists."
The figures Forbes published earlier this year would attest to that - currently at the top of the financial heap, where hip hop artists are concerned, are P. Diddy ($735 million), Dr. Dre ($700 million), Jay Z ($550 million), 50 Cent ($155 million), and Birdman ($150 million).
Recently, Eminem showed off his rapping skills in a six-minute freestyle done without a beat on "Sway in the Morning."
"Em dropped a barrage of stanzas that materialized in the instants between the small, reasonable breathers he allowed himself," Rolling Stone observed. As expected, he name-checked many in his piece, even giving Caitlyn Jenner a jab, which drew a reaction from those around him during his impromptu performance.