Archive for March, 2012

New mix: Hip-Hop Songs That Sample or Reference Sesame Street

This was a topic I explored back in the Attic Beats days, but decided to revisit by way of an 8tracks mix. All songs sample or reference Sesame Street in some way. Most of the samples are pretty obvious, but there are one or two tracks with barely a passing reference (like the Dr. Dooom cut that refers to Snuffleupagus a single time). This mix is NSFW thanks to naughty words.

Hip-Hop Songs That Sample or Reference Sesame Street from laze on 8tracks.

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The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us
by James W. Pennebaker

Really interesting book so far. Just learned that:

  • the average English speaker has a 100,000 word vocabulary
  • of those 100,000 words, the 20 most commonly used words (0.02%) make up 30% of our spoken and written language (they’re all “stealth/function words” (prepositions, pronouns, etc.))
  • expand that to all 450 commonly used stealth/function words, and that 0.04% of our vocabulary accounts for 55% of the words we use