Fig. 6. The average length of rap lines from 1979 to 2009, showing maximum, minimum, and median lengths

From Rhymes in the Flow: How Rappers Flip the Beat by Macklin Smith and Aurko Joshi

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  • African American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Music:Popular Music
  • Literary Studies:Poetry and Poetry Criticism
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  • Fig. 6. Te average length of rap lines from 1979 to 2009, showing maximum, minimum,
    and median lengths. Averaging about thirteen syllables, rap line length has remained
    roughly stable, ticking up slightly in recent years, but range has expanded, as has the
    variation within these lines. (Note: the graph includes non-syllabic vocal events.)